First Gen III Helmet Delivered

Posted 13 August 2015
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Rockwell Collins executives commemorated the delivery of the first Gen III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System, or HMDS, in ceremonies at the company’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa, headquarters on 11 August 2015. Rockwell Collins, through its joint venture, Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, is providing the F-35 HMDS. The Gen III helmet includes an improved night vision camera, improved liquid-crystal displays, automated alignment, and software improvements and will be introduced to the fleet in 2016. All flight information is projected on the helmet’s visor. Additionally, the F-35’s Distributed Aperture System streams real-time imagery from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft to the helmet, allowing pilots to essentially look through the airframe.

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