The developer and manufacturer of the F-35 fighter-Lockheed Martin intends to produce it in three versions – with conventional, shortened and vertical take-off, which will cost the US taxpayers $ 83, 108 and $ 93 million, respectively.
The helmet of the pilot F-35 deserves special attention. Looking at him, it’s hard to imagine that once at the dawn of aviation it was just a warm leather protective headgear with a headset.
Helmet HMDS (Helmet Mounted Display System) is a modern system of augmented reality, a display with the functions of digital binoculars, tracking and aiming, night vision, anti-interference and a number of other equally important functions.
It is “tied” with 6 cameras, mounted in the airplane covering and giving a real picture of the combat situation in the sky and on the ground. A helmet visor serves as a display. Versatility it adds the function of automatic adjustment to the face of any shape. The cost of this miracle of modern technology, as well as the F-35 itself, will be truly “sky-high” – $ 400,000.