Rockwell Collins Delivers F-35 Generation III Helmet; Aircraft's Gatling Gun Tested

Rockwell Collins Delivers F-35 Generation III Helmet; Aircraft's Gatling Gun Tested image
September 3, 2015 | Source: Yasmin Tadjdeh, National Defense Magazine

The helmet is one of the most complex parts of the Joint Strike Fighter. Each helmet must be custom fitted to a pilot’s eyes. Mission information is displayed on the visor of the helmet. Six infrared cameras on the aircraft stream to the system, which allows pilots to look through the airframe.

The first batch of Generation III F-35 helmet mounted display systems was delivered Aug. 11 at a ceremony in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The new system — built by Rockwell Collins — includes a number of upgrades, including improved night vision, optics and liquid-crystal displays which “really help increase the accuracy and clarity of the system,” said Rob McKillip, Rockwell Collins’ senior director for the helmet.

Improvements to the night vision capability were accomplished by the inclusion of an upgraded sensor known as ISIE 11, which includes a higher resolution camera.

“We now have the ISIE 11 available and that’s a significant improvement in performance” compared to the ISIE 10, he said. “It has got higher sensitivity, higher resolution and [a] faster update rate.”