All vital data is displayed on the helmet’s visor. The HMDS allows the combat pilot to aim the weapon systems wherever the pilot directs his view. It also provides video imagery day and night and includes an oxygen mask and protection against chemical and biological hazards.
The HMDS will be a standard component for all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, which is being developed by Lockheed Martin. The world’s first multi-role stealth fighter is expected to play a major role in the US army, navy, and air force by 2011. In April, the HMDS was successfully used for the first time on an F-35.
—Adapted from an article by Avi Hein, Israel21c
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