Raptors using Scorpion Helmets???

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Unread post24 Nov 2018, 17:28

"The company is also going to see if it can do something to that effect with a new helmet for Raptor pilots. So far, it has upgraded to a Scorpion helmet-mounted display, which Merchant said is “basically just a reticle” that gives the ability to employ AIM-9X targeting by looking off axis."

https://www.aviationtoday.com/2018/10/1 ... rnization/

I thought they tested it out but did not proceed in 2013 due to lack of funding.
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Unread post25 Nov 2018, 00:13

It's news to me too, a good band-aid fix.
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Unread post25 Nov 2018, 02:35

Helmet sights are part of the MLU, along with myriad new upgrades.
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Unread post30 Nov 2018, 16:04

charlielima223 wrote:


Good catch! :thumb: :thumb:


Read the article and perused this thread (thanks for the article BTW). I apologize for this, but I'm still not clear on two points:

1) Is the Raptor flying today (operational units) with the AIM-120D?

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2.) Is the Raptor flying today (operational units) with the Scorpion helmet?

From what I can gather, the only birds flying with both are still in some sort of test program??
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Unread post01 Dec 2018, 11:16

mixelflick wrote:
charlielima223 wrote:


Good catch! :thumb: :thumb:


Read the article and perused this thread (thanks for the article BTW). I apologize for this, but I'm still not clear on two points:

1) Is the Raptor flying today (operational units) with the AIM-120D?

and..

2.) Is the Raptor flying today (operational units) with the Scorpion helmet?

From what I can gather, the only birds flying with both are still in some sort of test program??


From what I've been reading, AIM-120D is part of Increment 3.2B, which has completed developmental testing in August, 2017 which led to operational testing which started in September, 2017 and was wrapped up in April, 2018. Production of 3.2B was approved this past summer and starting the summer of 2019, IOC is expected. Scorpion helmet was tested in 2013 but never materialized due to lack of funding.
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Unread post06 Dec 2018, 14:04

Wow. I hadn't realized how long and protracted the 120D development had been. Any idea why? Was it because it had to clear the Raptor's full envelope??

And finally, is the 120D flying on any other US jets today? Like the F-15C?? I've only seen the C7 on Eagles here in MA...
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Unread post06 Dec 2018, 17:00

Per the FY2015 Budget Docs, the -D went IOC on multiple platforms in Q1 FY2015.

They include the the F-15(C/D/E), F-16 (no version listed), and F-18 (A+/B/C/D/E/F).

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Unread post06 Dec 2018, 22:00

The AIM-120D went to the Raptor last, because it needed it least urgently, compared to legacy aircraft. With its stealth, and high altitude/high speed launches, the earlier variants were deemed good enough till 3.2B.

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