RAF fighter pilots to be equipped with ‘X-ray eyes’November 14th, 2007 - 10:22 am ICT by admin
This futuristic helmet, being developed for the hi-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is currently being tested by the scientists of the Defence Ministry at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, The Sun reported.
“Unlike other jet aircraft the JSF, which is planned to replace the Harrier, does not have a traditional head-up display,” a Defence Ministry spokesman said.
In the new technique, the computerised symbology will be displayed directly on to the pilot’s visors, providing the pilot with cues for flying, navigating and fighting the aircraft.
“It even will superimpose infra-red imagery on to the visor to allow the pilot to look through the cockpit floor at night and see the world below - like something out of Terminator.
“This is absolutely the cutting edge of technology. No other helmet will be able to do this,” the spokesman added.
Vision Systems International and Helmet Integrated Systems Limited are developing the headgear, which is currently in prototype stage. (ANI)
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