F-35 Test Pilots To Fly Improved Head-mounted Display

Aviation International News // July 17, 2014

F-35 test pilots with the U.S. Air Force’s 461st Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California, will begin using a third-generation helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) in the next few weeks. The updated HMDS incorporates fixes to the current generation system, which pilots found inadequate and the Pentagon labeled as a technical risk to the F-35 program.

Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday, Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America president and CEO, said his company will soon begin delivering the “Gen 3” helmet to F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin, which plans to introduce the new HMDS in low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 7 of the jet, the next production lot. The joint venture of Elbit and Rockwell Collins, called Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, supplies the HMDS for the F-35.

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