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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: Waste is still waste.
By StevoLincolnite on 10/18/2011 6:49:28 AM , Rating: 2
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Churches and unions don't have ANYWHERE NEAR the amount of money available to throw at lobbying or other propaganda efforts that multinational corps do.


Oh how very wrong you are.

The Catholic Church is probably the biggest corporation in the world.
Think about it...
They have a "branch office" in every neighborhood in the united states, if not in every neighborhood in the developed world. - That's allot of assets under the belt.

Then you need to factor in that multiple countries are under the church's thumb where religion can overrule common sense and general fairness of it's people.

Granted, most of it is wealth that is from property holdings and art work, but to say they don't have deep pockets is severely underestimating the religion and what it has built in the last several thousand years.

In the last several decades for instance they have spent over a billion dollars in settlements from misconducts with priests to keep their antics hush-hush.

Not sure what kind of power the churches have in the US of A, but here in Australia for instance they have been actively lobbying our government to block same-sex marriage.
Thankfully we are considered to have one of the least corrupt governments on the planet, so they haven't had much impact on our countries development or being able to successfully block past controversial legislation.


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