a href=”http://bp2.blogger.com/_RRbP6fpJWAc/RkrT8nh84JI/AAAAAAAAAPc/7UBEMIIwx8E/s1600-h/untitled.bmp”img id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5065093769288540306″ style=”FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; CURSOR: hand” alt=”” src=”http://bp2.blogger.com/_RRbP6fpJWAc/RkrT8nh84JI/AAAAAAAAAPc/7UBEMIIwx8E/s320/untitled.bmp” border=”0″ //a This is the new helmet-mounted display system for the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. The helmet is designed to provide pilots with binocular-wide field-of-view, give night vision abilities and scare enemy pilots at first sight. It was used for the first time last April, making the F-35 the first combat plane without a cockpit-mounted heads-up display in a very long time.br /Beyond making the pilot look like a spooky insect (comic book nerd moment: the Morpheus helmet from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comes to mind), the F-35 HDMS is loaded with all kinds of amazing goodies, like extreme off-axis targeting and head tracking “providing the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness and tactical capability.” The helmet was developed by Vision Systems International, a company that has other quite weird designs that are already operational, like the DASH and the JHMCS. Technical specs and another image of the F-35 HMDS after the jump.

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