BAE Systems Lands Contract for New F-35 JSF Helmet
October 17, 2011 4:31 PM
comment(s) - last by
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
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
10/18/2011 11:57:48 AM
You know, we could double coorporate profits if we removed all regulations. That doesn't mean its a good idea though...
As far as oil goes, its a resource that frankly, we should be off within the next 20 years or so. Peak oil is comming, and there simply isn't enough oil to sustain current usage levels. Even if you had an infinite source, you are still limited by how much you can drill and refine per day.
The US government developed hydrogen fuel cells back in the late 60's. They got us to the moon and back. O2 + H2 = H20 + Power. The only reason we haven't moved on yet [and still cling to oil based solutions, IE Hybrids] is because no oil company would ever finance the structual changes necessary to set up the infrastructure. So, the biggest change we will get is plug-in, which only hides the problem for a little while longer.
Finally, heres an idea for you: Why drill up all our oil while its still relativly cheap? I say, wait for peak oil to hit, then sell all our oil at significantly higher then market value to foreign countries. Of course, this assumes that we ourselves took the steps necessary to ensure we won't need that excess oil...[you see how some long term thinking can be used to make a boatload of money?]
Worst case, if the US is threated by default, we could always sell Alaska [and by extension, its oil reserves] to China. Considering we only paid $10 Million, I'd say we come out ahead on that deal.
"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
Fixes for Problem Plagued F-35 Helmet in the Works
March 1, 2011, 12:18 PM
Nail Polish May Soon be Able to Detect Date Rape Drugs
August 26, 2014, 7:57 AM
SpaceX Falcon 9-R Rocket Suffers Malfunction, Self-Destructs During Test Flight
August 23, 2014, 9:36 AM
Texas Chosen as Site for SpaceX's First Commercial Launchpad
August 5, 2014, 1:44 PM
South Carolina Prison Finds Crashed Drone Carrying Drugs, Phones
August 1, 2014, 2:49 PM
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Gains Seven New Instruments for Exploration
August 1, 2014, 1:30 PM
NASA Opportunity Rover Breaks Record for Most Miles Traveled on Another Planet
July 29, 2014, 1:38 PM
Most Popular Articles
Apple Announces Its Smartwatch: The $349 Apple Watch
September 9, 2014, 2:09 PM
Quick Note: Buy an Xbox One Sept 7-13, Get a Free Game
September 4, 2014, 10:42 AM
Apple Announces 4.7" iPhone 6, 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus
September 9, 2014, 1:45 PM
T-Mobile Launches Un-carrier 7.0, Beefs Up Wi-Fi Calling
September 11, 2014, 2:56 PM
HTC Preps Nexus 9 With Nvidia K1 64-Bit "Denver" SoC, Android L Onboard
September 10, 2014, 10:21 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information