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Lockheed Martin wins $350 million contract for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet mounted.

| 2023

According to information published by the US DoD on August 22, 2023, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., based in Fort Worth, Texas, has received a $347,435,068 fixed-price modification to an existing contract.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet-mounted display system. (Picture source: Collins Aerospace)

This adjustment will fund the acquisition of helmet-mounted display systems for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, serving the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, F-35 Cooperative Program Partners, and international military sales. The project, overseen by the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, is slated for completion by December 2026.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) integrates a binocular display, enhances pilot situational awareness, and incorporates digital night vision.

Designed to be lightweight and tailored to the user, the helmet also facilitates weapons targeting by allowing pilots to visually designate targets. Furthermore, it's synchronized with the distributed aperture system (DAS) to offer a transparent view of the aircraft surroundings.

Having accumulated significant operational hours, the HMDS is undergoing updates to incorporate organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology, aiming to improve visual clarity, especially in dark conditions.

This integration is set to be in full swing by 2022. Future enhancements for the HMDS are also in the pipeline, including advancements in night vision, a reduction in weight, and the addition of a photochromic visor.

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