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Named the causes of complaints of American pilots F-35 on multimedia helmets

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In the United States, attempts are being made to solve the problem with the incredible high cost of multimedia helmets (MMS) for military pilots. It is mainly a helmet for pilots of the fifth generation F-35 fighter.


American pilots reacted very negatively about the initial decision of the helmet manufacturer with an OLED display (OLED HMD) to replace the MMS after 4 years of operation - after the warranty period expired. The dissatisfaction lies in the fact that such helmets are delivered to the US Air Force and Navy at a price of about 400 thousand dollars (initially at all - at $ 700 thousand), but at the same time serious flaws are found in them every time. Moreover, manufacturers made it clear that they can provide a guarantee for 48 months on multimedia helmets and no more.

From the pilots, the manufacturer began to receive complaints that in low light conditions it is either extremely difficult or completely impossible to track the information that is broadcast on the MMS. In addition, when the pilot’s head is tilted in flight, a luminescence appears in the helmet’s monitor in the spectral region close to green, and this glow distracts the pilot and disorientates him.

In March-April of this year, multimedia helmets for pilots F-35 again went through a certain revision. It is reported that now the manufacturer is ready to extend the warranty service for a period of more than 4 years, which "will lead to a reduction in the cost of flight helmets." What exactly will be the final price of MMS after such a decision is not reported.

One of the tasks that the MMS manufacturer is solving and which pilots are paying attention to today is the problem of the stable operation of the helmet software. According to some reports, software failures are detected when flying at high altitude, where the rate of air ionization is high.
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  1. Avior
    Avior 3 May 2020 15: 40 New
    +5
    My youth took a playstation with such glasses
    Feeling strong, but my eyes get tired over time
    1. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 3 May 2020 15: 58 New
      0
      Quote: Avior
      Feeling strong, but my eyes get tired over time

      Well, the Americans are complaining too! And you don’t have to watch a lot of cartoons, and in Soviet times they recommended watching TV from a distance of at least 8 screen heights, and here the screens are right before your eyes!
      1. Avior
        Avior 3 May 2020 15: 59 New
        +3
        Other screens now
      2. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 3 May 2020 16: 12 New
        15
        What a TV ... And from reading books, how eyes spoil! Letters, letters ...
        It used to be health: in the morning you plow in the field - come home - eaten - go to bed. No TV, no books, no computer good
        All eyes were healthy, peasants did not wear glasses! laughing
        1. Vol4ara
          Vol4ara 3 May 2020 16: 25 New
          28
          Quote: voyaka uh
          What a TV ... And from reading books, how eyes spoil! Letters, letters ...
          It used to be health: in the morning you plow in the field - come home - eaten - go to bed. No TV, no books, no computer good
          All eyes were healthy, peasants did not wear glasses! laughing

          And then we read at Gogol's "an old woman of about forty opened the door for us." Eyes are healthy, but everything else is not
        2. Alex Nevs
          Alex Nevs 3 May 2020 17: 09 New
          0
          Which is fundamentally not quite right. A development. And NTP.
          1. Nikolay Ivanov_5
            Nikolay Ivanov_5 3 May 2020 17: 55 New
            +1
            A bucket with a slit should be put on their heads, not multimedia helmets. The sense will be more and cheaper for American pilots. The bourgeois in the United States are still scammers who even want to cheat on their army.
  2. NF68
    NF68 3 May 2020 15: 42 New
    +7
    If helmets with an initial cost of 700 thousand apiece have many shortcomings, then let them try to fix helmets worth 1 lyam. Suddenly these will be better?
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 3 May 2020 15: 48 New
      +2
      And better for 1 lard.
      1. NF68
        NF68 3 May 2020 15: 50 New
        -1
        Quote: Sky Strike fighter
        And better for 1 lard.


        A little expensive, even for mattresses will be.
        1. Alex Nevs
          Alex Nevs 3 May 2020 17: 10 New
          +2
          And what. They are striped, they will not be anything.
          1. NF68
            NF68 3 May 2020 21: 31 New
            +1
            Quote: Alex Nevs
            And what. They are striped, they will not be anything.


            There is plenty of paper and ink for their green money. Print as needed.
      2. Range
        Range 3 May 2020 16: 04 New
        +1
        I think you are not far from the truth, because they have increased the "warranty period", and it's worth a lot. lol
    2. Pessimist22
      Pessimist22 3 May 2020 15: 50 New
      0
      I think that if three times more expensive it will be much better.
  3. knn54
    knn54 3 May 2020 15: 47 New
    +9
    For such a price, I could dry my hair.
    1. Range
      Range 3 May 2020 16: 13 New
      0
      And here is how things are with our Su-57.
      https://aviation21.ru/su-57-krugovoe-zrenie-i-10-tonn-vooruzheniya/
    2. Prisoner
      Prisoner 3 May 2020 20: 03 New
      0
      laughing And do the perm.
  4. Rurikovich
    Rurikovich 3 May 2020 15: 51 New
    16

    We already had a prototype of a "multimedia" helmet in the late 70s bully
    "Urri, Urri, where's his button ?!"
    1. Sky strike fighter
      Sky strike fighter 3 May 2020 15: 53 New
      -4
      And now there are no problems with this.
      https://aviation21.ru/su-57-krugovoe-zrenie-i-10-tonn-vooruzheniya/
    2. sabakina
      sabakina 3 May 2020 17: 31 New
      +2
      Andrei Nikolaevich Glinsky, if you already started, then go to the end!
      1. Rurikovich
        Rurikovich 3 May 2020 19: 04 New
        +1
        Quote: sabakina
        if you already started, then go to the end

        So I said - multimedia good , even the bar stood request wink
  5. Carnifexx
    Carnifexx 3 May 2020 15: 58 New
    +1
    Who will achieve the comfort of a virtual helmet faster - military or business? Intrigue. Business is easier of course - less demand, more freedom in software, and there is more investment there. We will see.
  6. Free wind
    Free wind 3 May 2020 16: 12 New
    +1
    I am not an expert of course, but in low light conditions the screens are better seen than on a bright sunny day. And who asked American pilots about when to change helmets. It’s violet for them. The article is sucked out of the finger. no links no where it comes from.
  7. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 3 May 2020 16: 33 New
    +1
    The United States can buy helmets even in a million ... there it will not decrease ... and as for the shortcomings, they are everywhere ... the main thing is that there are more merits ... the more complex the device, the more shortcomings are found in it during operation. .. it takes years to think ... unless, of course, there is funding ...
    1. Prisoner
      Prisoner 3 May 2020 20: 05 New
      +1
      In the case of mattresses, let there be more flaws good and different and that the price would be sky-high. yes
  8. APASUS
    APASUS 3 May 2020 16: 39 New
    0
    What do F-35 pilots allow themselves, how could they afford it? This is a super duper novelty, nowhere else in the world does anyone have such gadgets, but they complain.
  9. iouris
    iouris 3 May 2020 17: 03 New
    +1
    Thus, the use of nuclear weapons will lead to the failure of all devices that do not use tube amplifiers.
  10. ximkim
    ximkim 3 May 2020 17: 09 New
    +1
    Strange .. Some kind of secret information, and it crawled out. Well oh well .. Who makes helmets?
  11. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 3 May 2020 17: 25 New
    +1
    Named the causes of complaints of American pilots F-35 on multimedia helmets

    What are they called?
    In the USA, attempts are being made to solve the problem

    By whom?
    Rockwell Collins deals with helmets; they did not report any particular problems. Nobody stuttered about prices. There, the decline is ongoing and depends on the number of orders. It’s ridiculous to talk about a guarantee for many years. Fine electronics, even by law, has very high depreciation after 24 months, it generally depreciates and can be written off. And after 48 months (it's 4 years!) A new helmet may appear in general.
    In March-April of this year, multimedia helmets for pilots F-35 again went through a certain revision.

    The elementary base does not stand still, new technologies, materials, etc. appear. All this immediately goes into business.

    Where is the source?
    1. KVIRTU
      KVIRTU 5 May 2020 20: 23 New
      0
      But actually it doesn’t matter, Bloomberg is a source, or some other. The song is the same about 5 years in different editions: 400 thousand and further variations.
      Article for the History section.
  12. Maks1995
    Maks1995 3 May 2020 17: 33 New
    0
    Unclear. Now, if we compare with our helmets from su 57. Cost, efficiency.
    No way?
    Then with helmets F16, Su 35, instant 39, that 142 ....
    1. Avior
      Avior 3 May 2020 17: 57 New
      +4
      Helmet targeting systems have been around for a long time, and are used on many airplanes, but there are simply no other helmets of the type like the one in the description, so there is nothing to compare with.
      Later, of course, will appear.
    2. Bez 310
      Bez 310 3 May 2020 18: 51 New
      0
      Quote: Max1995
      Then with helmets F16, Su 35, instant 39, that 142 ....

      Tell us about the helmets of the Tu-142.
      1. bober1982
        bober1982 3 May 2020 19: 24 New
        0
        Good old headset.
        1. Bez 310
          Bez 310 3 May 2020 20: 56 New
          +1
          Quote: bober1982
          Good old headset.

          No need to tell!
          Who can find it, flies in a "headset".
  13. Junior Private
    Junior Private 3 May 2020 17: 34 New
    +2
    Quote: voyaka uh
    What a TV ... And from reading books, how eyes spoil! Letters, letters ...

    You must also be able to read correctly. Watching TV in a dark room or reading books on the beach didn’t increase anyone’s eye health. And Soviet ophthalmologists recommended eye exercises.
  14. Ros 56
    Ros 56 3 May 2020 17: 57 New
    +1
    Yes, there can’t be such a thing, for exceptional ones, so that helmets do not fry, slander.
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  16. Freedim
    Freedim 3 May 2020 19: 13 New
    -2
    In order for the pilots to stop complaining, you need to upload the new HalfLife to the on-board computer :)
  17. iouris
    iouris 3 May 2020 20: 13 New
    0
    "Helmet" is a conditional, highly simplified name for the system; it does not reveal its functional purpose. In fact, this is an extremely complex interface for controlling a combat aviation complex.
  18. grumbler
    grumbler 3 May 2020 20: 16 New
    +1
    Fine. These are childhood diseases of any complex technology. The helmet is only part of the data collection and display system. If the "preprocessor" crookedly selects and composes data from different channels, then such glitches appear. The preparation and display module simply cannot process "raw", insufficient data, or, on the contrary, is choked with redundant data. Typical problem.

    Our display systems are the same, despite the fact that we just have dynamic tables and cartography, and not live pictures. But when it is necessary to provide the operator with "situational awareness" (whether it is a "glass cockpit" of a fighter jet or a brokerage system or a ticket booking system),
    and the data is updated very often - problems begin: tables "go blind", the update lags, operators have to be forced to "update".

    And then there's the helmet itself with feedback - it depends on the direction of the head and gaze. Acceleration sensors can misbehave (with external overloads). This is a very heavy real-time calculation. It is necessary to correctly organize buffering, use preliminary calculation and "smart" data loading (when the system, conditionally, "itself" understands "where the pilot will look to load data into the display module and have time to prepare them).
    They will, like us, live for months "by the body" until it works as it should. Everyday life of all automated control systems :))
  19. Yaro Polk
    Yaro Polk 4 May 2020 06: 56 New
    0
    It’s like working in gloves, or in a condom, this Chlemofon only interferes laughing
  20. grumbler
    grumbler 7 May 2020 18: 00 New
    0
    In general, such VR-helmets seem to be much more useful for UAV "remote operators". In addition to the "virtual" one they have no other. Operating conditions "almost everyday" - no overloads, vibrations, pressure drops, ionization. But, on the other hand, for UAV operators, something other than a helmet ("virtual reality cocoon") is better - it is difficult to sit in a helmet for several hours on a watch, no matter how light and comfortable it is. Moreover, on earth we are not limited by dimensions, weight, etc.

    And for the "field pilot" something better retains control, more reliable in such difficult operating conditions and more practical in terms of price and guarantee is more appropriate. Or go to radically cheaper and frequently updated solutions: "chronic upgrade", implying building a system on the principle of "open modular architecture", plugins. As in the latest version of the NGAD concept, Next Generation Air Dominance (see http://nvo.ng.ru/nvoevents/2019-09-20/100_190920pentagon.html, https://topwar.ru/162696-peresmotr-programmy- ngad-istrebitel-za-pjatiletku.html). When "sprints" of hardware updates are determined by obsolescence, not physical (which is typical for the digital age - it makes no sense to do it for a long time and "too well" if tomorrow a new technology appears that will devalue all these efforts).