Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 25th July 2017.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there have been any incidents of green glow in the helmets worn by F35B pilots; whether that green glow has impeded pilots' efforts to read instruments; how many incidents of total failure of night vision capability have been experienced; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The green glow is a known and recorded issue for the F-35 helmet display; a resolution is being developed. The UK is not aware of green glow impeding the pilot's ability to read the aircraft's instruments, nor has it experienced a total failure of night vision capability. UK pilots have found the Gen III helmet to offer outstanding capabilities across the range of F-35 operating roles.

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