Helmet-mounted displays

Cockpit, radar, helmet-mounted display, and other avionics
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Unread post26 May 2016, 05:33

That interview was one of the most awkward I've ever seen, but it was also informative. For me at least, that was the first time that I've heard solid confirmation that they can do a sort of picture-in-picture rear (or side / bottom / etc) view in the HMDS, as well as a confirmation that the ~$400k figure includes the dedicated cockpit / jet avionics for the helmet.
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Unread post26 May 2016, 06:25

Great informative video 'durahawk' - thanks for that. It is possible to save Facefook videos with YTD Video Downloader (which is a YouTubeDownloader). There are many good bits of info especially at the end for the cost of the helmet includes the computer gubbins in the aircraft that it hooks into as I understand them saying. The pilot early on says something like 'gimbals of the eyes' :twisted: which is weird but I'll go back to review it all again and I may have misheard. :mrgreen:

Oops - is see 'Dragon029' has made the same point about cost/what $400K above. In this instance I guess GizzardMode has stopped YTD downloading the video. However usually other videos on FoocBace can be downloaded with YTD etc. <sigh>

:drool: Just for laffs - another helmet/mask style with a laff track - OMG. :devil:

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Unread post26 May 2016, 06:52

Thanks - this YouTube video is downloadable at 59Mb .MP4
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Unread post26 May 2016, 16:17

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Unread post26 May 2016, 22:54

This was an interesting image.
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Unread post27 May 2016, 02:35

That's not even the fill amount that it can carry.. 14 AAMs at Block 3F.
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Unread post27 May 2016, 02:48

SpudmanWP wrote:That's not even the fill amount that it can carry.. 14 AAMs at Block 3F.


Make that 16 at Block 4 if 6x internal AIM-120D becomes a reality.
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Unread post27 May 2016, 04:35

can you imagine a 4 ship with 64 amraams? sweet 8lb baby jesus
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Unread post27 May 2016, 05:04

Buy the AdvSH's "stealth" pods and carry 20 in each F-35, 14 of which are "internal" :mrgreen: :devil:
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Unread post27 May 2016, 06:03

SpudmanWP wrote:Buy the AdvSH's "stealth" pods and carry 20 in each F-35, 14 of which are "internal" :mrgreen: :devil:


Screw that, load up 8x CUDA in each of those pods and skip straight to a full-on Macross missile massacre.

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Unread post27 May 2016, 20:48

castlebravo wrote:
SpudmanWP wrote:Buy the AdvSH's "stealth" pods and carry 20 in each F-35, 14 of which are "internal" :mrgreen: :devil:


Screw that, load up 8x CUDA in each of those pods and skip straight to a full-on Macross missile massacre.

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The M3 "Macross Missile Massacre" works in Macross because

1) It's fiction, so budgets don't matter
2) They usually use Micro missiles that are much smaller than AIM-120 AMRAAM's and all their targets are WVR
3) The M3 attack is a horribly inefficient way of killing 1 target
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Unread post28 May 2016, 00:46

The video of interview on previous page of this thread viewtopic.php?f=62&t=16223&p=339560&hilit=tidbits#p339560 whilst this article is referenced earlier: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=25623&p=339968&hilit=Gizmodo#p339968
I Wore a $400,000 F-35 Helmet and It Blew My Mind
27 May 2016 Adam Clark Estes

"...the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo’s office with a $400,000 F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me wear it.

The helmet is undeniably beautiful, a glistening orb of woven carbon fiber with a computer hidden underneath. It belongs to Major Will Andreotta, a seasoned fighter pilot based out of Luke Air Force Base and the F-35A Heritage Flight Commander. The Major was in the area to fly his F-35A at the Atlantic City Air Show this weekend. The Air Force recently announced that the initial squadron of F-35s will be combat ready by the end of this year. So despite the endless reports of bugs and hold ups, the very expensive fighter jets do fly. And the very expensive helmet sure looks cool.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to experience the F-35 helmet’s full set of futuristic features. These include microphones for voice commands, a night vision system, and an advanced head up display (HUD) that not only displays flight information but also enables the pilot to see real-time in every direction thanks to six infrared camera mounted on the jet. Here’s a sample of the imagery, courtesy of the Air Force: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRbQXL1oMqY [below]

With the HUD, the pilot can actually look down at the floor of the jet and see the ground. As Maj. Andreotta explained, the $400,000 price tag accounts not only for the helmet itself but also the computer system that it connects to in the aircraft. And the helmet is considered an integral part of the F-35 weapons system. So without plugging it into the aircraft, the helmet is basically a really nice helmet.

Those two things on the bottom that look like WALL-E eyes are projectors for the HUD. Above is the night vision system.

The F-35 helmet is also insanely light, weighing in at 5.4 pounds or just a few ounces heavier than a football helmet. (Although, like the rest of the F-35 program, even the weight of the helmet has been subject to controversy lately.) Each helmet is custom-fitted to the pilot using a complex set of 3D scanners to increase comfort and safety. And even though it wasn’t built for me, Maj. Andreotta’s helmet felt pretty damn good when I put it on.

The snakeskin-looking band houses the cables that connect the helmet’s processor and sensors to the aircraft.

Then again, it was my childhood dream to be a fighter pilot. My grandfather, father, and brother all served in the Air Force. I have bad eyes and a bum ear, so I got into blogging instead. As it were, I’ve been covering the troubled F-35 program for years. It’s frustrating to watch the Pentagon throw a trillion taxpayer dollars at a weapon that doesn’t work right! But to sit down with a pilot who flies an F-35 and see the $400,000 helmet I’d read about was a weird thrill.

The fact that I couldn’t actually see the helmet in all of its HUD-laden glory seemed like an appropriate metaphor for the state of the F-35 program as a whole. The technology sounds—and probably eventually will be—amazing. The 21st century sensors that spot threats a pilot would have otherwise missed might save lives. And apparently, the F-35 is almost there.

In the meantime, average civilians can watch these impressive jets at airshows. Journalists like me can marvel at its pricey components and wonder when they’ll start to make a difference in combat. And you should just feast your eyes on this F-35 helmet. The carbon fiber really is stunning."

Source: http://gizmodo.com/i-wore-a-400-000-f-3 ... 1779125567

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Unread post04 Jun 2016, 01:46

:doh: Messed up the YouTube URL above :doh: so here it is agin.

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Unread post04 Jun 2016, 01:49

Over on another thread / section 'zerion' posted info about USAF F-35A pre IOC HILL deployment viewtopic.php?f=57&t=28960&p=341312&hilit=Idaho#p341312 without this tidbit so here 'tis.
"...In May, Hill's F-35 pilots began flying routine four-ship configurations....

...Hill's fleet of F-35 aircraft has also received lightning protection and anti-ice modifications, and pilots are now using the lightweight "Gen-3" helmet...." http://www.youngstown.afrc.af.mil/News/ ... imits.aspx
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