The F-35 Lightning II is full of cutting-edge technology. One piece of that technology is the Generation III Helmet, which lets pilots see through the aircraft. The world’s most advanced bio-cular helmet-mounted display system brings unprecedented capability to the world’s most advanced tactical aircraft. The F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) provides a next generation user interface that integrates the pilot more tightly than ever into the aircraft’s avionics, providing them with unmatched visual capability.
The system gives F-35 pilots unsurpassed situational awareness by displaying critical flight information and sensor video throughout the entire mission. The HMDS serves as the virtual head-up display, enabling the F-35 to become the first tactical fighter in 50 years without a traditional head-up display. By fully integrating three advanced technologies – head-up display, helmet-mounted display and visor-projected night vision – the F-35 Gen III HMDS provides revolutionary capability to the fighter cockpit, allowing pilots to look at a target to aim their weapons while maintaining spatial orientation of their surroundings and continually monitoring critical flight information. Another giant step that keeps the U.S. years ahead of their enemies.
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