F-35 fighter helmet costs $400000 – The F-35 fighter is equipped with six infrared cameras and sensors, and the helmet transmits all information from external sensors to the helmet-mounted augmented reality display.
F-35 fighter helmet costs $400000
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The F-35 fighter jet is the most expensive project in Pentagon history. More than $1 trillion was spent on the development of the new generation aircraft. The time has come to recoup the investment.
For example, the Australian government recently signed a contract for the purchase of 72 F-35 fighters at a total cost of 12.4 billion Australian dollars. According to the Australian media, only helmets for pilots cost more than $55 million, i.e. up to $400,000 per helmet, when translated into U.S. dollars (if only 72 helmets were purchased).
It is said that these helmets as if taken from the arsenal of Tony Stark – the most technically advanced head-mounted display ever created by engineers.
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Stuffed with electronics and sensors, with a carbon fiber body and night vision device, the 2.25 kg helmet broadcasts real-time contextual information about the surroundings. By turning his head, the pilot can even look “through” the skin of the aircraft. The helmet receives information from six electro-optical sensors of the Distributed Aperture System (DAS) mounted on the skin of the fighter.
Fitting the helmet to the individual user takes four hours (a two-day procedure, split two hours at a time). The augmented reality display (visor) needs to be positioned exactly 2 millimeters from the center of the pupil. The fighter will not function if the helmet is malfunctioning, with all systems tightly integrated and not working in isolation. No spare parts. Each pilot is given strictly one piece.
The developers promise, however, that once mass production of the helmet and components begins, the cost of the gadget should go down.
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His proprietary display control operating system, allows pilots to quickly switch between different data visualization modes using the DAS system.
The DAS collects and displays real-time, high-resolution images on the pilot’s helmet-mounted display from six IR cameras installed throughout the aircraft. The system provides the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness – the pilot can see space day and night in any sector.
All modes provide a clear 360° view day and night. Thermal images displayed by the DAS allow pilots to see thermal signatures emitted by different objects.
The helmet helps locate friendly and enemy aircraft, and locate targets on the ground and water. It is fully integrated into aircraft systems and provides a seamless transition between the tactical display and the outside world.
The Joint Helmet Mounting System (JHMCS) helmets worn by aircraft pilots such as the F/A-18, Super Hornets, and AV-8B Harriers are time-consuming to set up equipment, while on the F-35 Gen III helmets the installation and set up of new equipment is simple, reducing the maintenance time for each helmet.
Another disadvantage of the legacy JHMCS helmets is the graphics on the helmet display, which blocks the pilot’s ability to see through an overly bright image. Engineers have worked to improve this image in previous iterations of the Gen III helmet, and now the latest helmet allows pilots to switch between multiple opacity gradients. In addition, it takes less time for the pilot to switch between different modes, and the night vision device (NVD) is built-in.