Yeah, we always worry about dropping the helmet.
Fortunately, I haven't.
It's in the region of three to $400,000,
so that's an expensive check that you're
gonna have to write if you drop that one.
It's a fascinating piece of equipment.
It's got all the information that you ever need
projected to you inside the visor.
It looks futuristic, and it is quite futuristic as well.
Whereas legacy fourth generation, third generation jets
would have a fixed head-up display
on the cockpit console in front of you,
what the F-35 does is it removes that piece of hardware
and it actually has a couple of cameras
that will project all the information
of a head-up display onto your visor.
I say it's a bit like getting a permanent marker,
getting a green pen, green permanent marker,
writing one some contact lenses your airspeed,
and your height, and your attitude,
and your weapons information, and so forth,
writing them on contact lenses
and then sticking them in your eyes.
It doesn't matter where you're looking,
you've always got all the information
that you need available to you.
Whereas in the legacy jets if you need to look over here,
you have no information at all
until you scan back and look in front of you.
That's huge advance in capability that it offers the pilot.
And your situational awareness goes through the roof
when you can look up there
and have a box around your target,
or you can look down on the ground and say
I want to designate that corner of that bridge as my target,
and you aim your helmet, you aim your line-of-sight cross,
and you designate that as the target.
And then all of your sensors and systems,
they all work together and look at that point.
I mean, the situational awareness that it gives you
is absolutely unprecedented, it's huge.