Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 23rd October 2013.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ability of the helmet mounted display for the Joint Strike Fighter to (a) match the acuity of the human eye and (b) enable the pilot to view directly behind them during flight.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The helmet mounted display system (HMDS) is still within the development test phase. The HMDS design is undergoing flight testing, and where necessary will be improved to meet all mandated design and performance specifications for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The F-35's Distributed Aperture System streams real-time imagery from cameras mounted at positions around the aircraft to the HMDS, allowing F-35 pilots to “look through” the air frame, providing 360-degree awareness. This includes the ability for the pilot to view directly behind them during flight.

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