U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Heather Leveille
Real Clear Defense: Helmet Mounted Displays Are a Key Combat Advantage for U.S. and Allied PilotsWhat are the capabilities or technologies that distinguish advanced fighter aircraft from their predecessors? A reader would likely list electronically-scanning radar and other sensors, high-performance engines, advanced avionics, and maybe precision munitions. If one were considering fifth-generation aircraft, the F-22 and F-35, then supercruise power, stealth shaping and coating, and information sharing would be added. But how many would include helmet-mounted displays (HMDs) on their list. Yet HMDs are now part of the equipment aboard thousands of fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft. HMDs constitute a key advantage for U.S. and allied pilots in any future conflict.
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WNU Editor: These helmet-mounted displays have been in the works for a long time, and they are not cheap …. The Unique Helmet For The F-35 Is Ready For Production (October 28, 2019).