BAE Systems Lands Contract for New F-35 JSF Helmet
October 17, 2011 4:31 PM
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BAE F-35 Helmet
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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.
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RE: Waste is still waste.
10/18/2011 2:45:28 PM
I call BS. Technologies such as this are critically important for our fighter aircraft. The Russians have had a Helmet Mounted Sight for years and their off-aspect acquisition and launch capabilites of the AA-11 Archer IR-Guided AAM are deadly. The F-35 needs something like this to give it a chance.
However, as tax-dollars are on the line, they could in the interim outfit it with the JHMCS system (another helmet mounted sight for US Warplanes) available NOW. The F-15, F-16 and F-22 are able to use this.
It is quite useful and powerful in its own right. Try it out yourself inside of Falcon 4.0 BMS 4.32 community mod (as real as it gets for a civilian), just released in September. They have real USAF pilots working with them on the project.
Track IR or similar head tracking software is recommended along with HOTAS/Pedals.
Sure, it's not the real deal, but it is a pretty darned accurate representation of it and how it works.
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