Scientists in Europe have developed a new helmet for fighter pilots, which is able to actually see through their airplanes. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently testing these prototype helmets, along with scientists, at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, England. Boscombe Down is a military aircraft testing site in England.
The MoD is developing these new helmets, because their new fleet of F-35 jet fighters do not have a "heads-up display" like current jet fighters have. Instead of the typical display, in the plane's cockpit, all of the computerized information will be displayed on the helmet's visor. The helmet visor will also allow the pilot to actually see through the plane's floor to view the Earth from 40,000 feet; A little freaky if you ask me! The helmet uses state-of-the-art infra-red imagery to give the helmet X-ray vision.
F-35 Fighter Jet
The F-35 fighters are scheduled to replace Harrier fighter jets eventually, and the U.S. military is already planning on purchasing some of the F-35's from England to add to the Navy's air fleet. The F-35's will cost approximately $38 million a piece. No word yet on the cost of the new helmets.
Fighter Pilot Helmet from the Mid-1980's: Top Gun
Fighter pilot helmets have come a long way, in terms of innovation, in the past 20 years. Just for fun, take a look at Maverick's helmet (from the best movie of all-time: Top Gun). This helmet is what fighter pilots used in the mid-1980's. There is a slight difference between Maverick's helmet, and the helmet of the future; don't you think?
Fighter Pilot Helmet of the Future
One thing's for sure; if you can't defeat the enemy with the aid of this freaky helmet, you'll at least scare them in to thinking that they've been abducted by aliens!
Source: The Sun
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