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November 12, 2007

See the bones in your hand, see through clothes!


Defense Tech reprinted an article from the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.* At issue: The helmet in development for the F-35. No word whether it will also reveal details of a lady's undergarments.

Futuristic new helmets will enable fighter jet pilots to see through their own aircraft, the Ministry of Defence said today. The head gear being developed for the hi-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is being tested by MoD scientists at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. An MoD spokesman said:

"Unlike other jet aircraft the JSF, which is planned to replace the Harrier, does not have a traditional head-up display. Instead the computerised symbology will be displayed directly on to the pilot's visors, providing the pilot with cues for flying, navigating and fighting the aircraft. ... It even will superimpose infra-red imagery on to the visor to allow the pilot to look through the cockpit floor at night and see the world below - like something out of Terminator.

* A note defense industry publication, I am certain.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 12, 2007 07:04 AM


What a weirdo helmet. I'm assuming they are going to trim it down by two or more pounds.

The current-issue HGU-55/P is just 2.23 to 2.48 lbs (depending on pilot's noggin size). Doesn't sound like a lot, but when you factor in high-G manoeuvres (just multiply that starting weight by 7, 8 or 9), it becomes a handful for your neck muscles to support.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 12, 2007 03:19 PM