F-35 Lighting II - Augmented Reality Helmet



The F-35’s Helmet Mounted Display Systems provide pilots with unprecedented situational awareness. All the information pilots need to complete their missions – airspeed, heading, altitude, targeting information and warnings – is projected on the helmet’s visor, rather than on a traditional Heads-up Display. This approach greatly reduces the pilot’s workload and increases responsiveness. Additionally, the F-35’s Distributed Aperture System (DAS) streams real-time imagery from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft to the helmet, allowing pilots to “look through” the airframe. The helmet also provides pilots night vision through the use of an integrated camera.

Everywhere the pilot looks whilst flying the F35 nothing his hidden from the pilot. The cost of this amazing helmet? $400,000
I hope this is much less than Microsoft Hololens.

Main features:

  • Biocular, 30-by-40-degree wide-field-of-view with 100 percent overlap
  • Virtual head-up display
  • Look-through-aircraft capability via DAS imagery
  • High accuracy tracking with auto-boresighting
  • Active noise reduction (ANR)
  • Digital night vision sensor
  • Ejection capability to 550 KEAS (circa 633 MPH)
  • Lightweight and well balanced helmet
  • Custom helmet liner for precise fit and comfort
  • Multiple interpupillary distance (IPD) settings
  • Video recording
  • Picture in picture
  • Compatible with eyeglasses and laser eye protection (LEP) devices



Steven Paterson

Based in California. I am Scottish, I like Scotch and, oh yeah, a little VR too.