The 5th generation fighter of the US Air Force F-35 has already managed to become the owner of several records, in particular, in the number of the latest technologies introduced, as well as in the cost of manufacturing.
The developer and manufacturer of the F-35 fighter, Lockheed Martin, intends to produce it in three versions - with conventional, short and vertical takeoff, which will cost US taxpayers $ 83, 108 and 93 million, respectively.
The F-35 pilot's helmet deserves special attention. Looking at him, it is difficult to imagine that once, at the dawn of aviation, it was just an insulated leather protective headgear with a headset.
Helmet HMDS (Helmet Mounted Display System) is a state-of-the-art augmented reality system, a display with digital binoculars, tracking and targeting, night vision, anti-jamming and a number of other equally important functions.
6 cameras are "tied" to it, they are mounted in the skin of the aircraft and give a real picture of the combat situation in the sky and on the ground. The display is the visor of the helmet. The function of automatic adjustment to the face of any shape adds to its versatility. The cost of this miracle of modern technology, like the F-35 itself, will be truly "sky-high" - 400 thousand dollars.