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BAE F-35 Helmet  (Source: BAE Systems)
Fancy futuristic JSF helmet still not working

Schools are already in place to train fresh F-35 pilots now that the aircraft are inching closer to actual service duty. However, one thing that was still questionable was the wild looking helmet that is intended to give the pilot a 360-degree view around the aircraft.
The problem is that the high-tech helmet that the F-35 program needs is having some significant issues with performance. Specifically, the maker of the JSF helmet, Vision Systems International, has been unable to get high quality images displayed on the pilot’s visor.
Since the availability of that fancy helmet is questionable, a contract to create another helmet with less technology crammed in has been granted to BAE Systems.
BAE is using a version of the helmet that Eurofighter Typhoon pilots use. The Typhoon display that would be in the helmet is being removed and it is being replaced with a set of night vision goggles and a single eyepiece showing the heads-up display HUD.
"BAE Systems Electronic Systems is proud to be a part of the Lockheed Martin team for the F-35 HMD,” said Jim Garceau, vice president and general manager of defense avionics for BAE Systems. “The NVG HMD will enable all aspects of flight operations and it allows us to build on our long history of successful development programs with Lockheed Martin on the F-35, F-16 and F-22 programs.”
The helmet will also incorporate the BAE Q-sight and head tracking technology to help with precise weapons delivery. The modular design also allows an upgrade path for pilots to binocular visor-projected displays, alternate image sources, and night vision.
The helmet can also be easily modified if it becomes the main helmet for the F-35.

Sources: DefenseTech, BAE Systems

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RE: Pfft
By bupkus on 10/18/2011 4:41:03 AM , Rating: 1
You can call yourself whatever the fuck you want. There is no difference.

BTW, try to learn what liberal means. You use it too often to be completely oblivious to its meaning.
Try these links:

RE: Pfft
By Reclaimer77 on 10/18/2011 11:53:58 AM , Rating: 2
Ok I don't know if you're an American, but here we don't adhere to the "classical" definition of Liberalism and Progressive. In American parlance, there's no difference between a Liberal and a Progressive, they are just different terms for the same belief system.

Those links.. I mean, did you even look at them? The "Classical Liberal" era ENDED in 1914 according to the video. Hello? 1914!

I really don't understand why you think this history lesson is relevant to the discussion at hand. It's one thing putting up links that support your argument, it's another thing altogether when you don't even HAVE an argument and put up irrelevant links so you can look smart. Now you look like a fool.

RE: Pfft
By gamerk2 on 10/18/2011 12:00:29 PM , Rating: 2 There is a significant difference between a liberal and a progressive. But since conservatives view both as socalists, they fail to see the often significant differences between the two.

RE: Pfft
By Reclaimer77 on 10/18/2011 12:23:34 PM , Rating: 2
They are leaves of the same tree. We can quibble on details, but at the end of the day...

But since I'm such a big idiot, why don't you lay out these differences for me? I'm all ears.

p.s. I haven't used the world 'socialist' here, come on now.

RE: Pfft
By FITCamaro on 10/18/2011 12:53:47 PM , Rating: 2
Because both espouse the same ideals today. Progressive is just the term liberals adopted to try and sound smarter.

Yes in the past liberal meant something else. But as liberals/progressives prove time and again, they don't acknowledge that language over time means different things. Hence why they try to say the general welfare clause means they can give unlimited benefits to those they deem to deserve them.

RE: Pfft
By Dradien on 10/18/2011 10:08:56 PM , Rating: 2
"Because both espouse the same ideals today. Progressive is just the term liberals adopted to try and sound smarter."


Liberals have time and time again shown to move more to the center of the political tree. Modern day Liberals are like the republicans of Yesteryear.

Progressives are for the progress of the people of this nation, not the status quo as many liberals/conservatives are.

RE: Pfft
By lightfoot on 10/18/2011 10:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
You're just redefining common terms to suit your own agenda. You're basically saying that "liberals" aren't extreme enough for you so you need to find a new term. You've choosen "Progressive."

"Extremist" is probably the most accurate, but you can call yourself what ever you want.

Just because some conservatives are on the extreme fringe doesn't make you better just because you are extreme in the opposite direction.

Reality is somewhere in the middle, but extremists such as yourself push people away from, and not toward, your cause.

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