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  • toddnjoyce

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    I can't remember the last update I read on it, I just remember I haven't seen any articles titled "At Last! The F-35's Super Visibility Helmet Is Fully Operational!" yet. Ambitious technology, and the fighter's not 'crippled' by any means with its current capability, but eventually I hope they get the last bugs fixed.

    This article implies a significant change beginning with lot 15 birds this year.


    The contract announcement is too vague to verify if the DAS upgrade made it as part of TR4.

     

    General Zod

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    This article implies a significant change beginning with lot 15 birds this year.


    The contract announcement is too vague to verify if the DAS upgrade made it as part of TR4.


    A lot of people like to point to the helmet system as evidence that the F-35 is a "boondoggle" but honestly it's ambitious technology that's just gonna have some teething issues. That fact that it works well under most conditions is effing impressive.
     

    toddnjoyce

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    A lot of people like to point to the helmet system as evidence that the F-35 is a "boondoggle" but honestly it's ambitious technology that's just gonna have some teething issues. That fact that it works well under most conditions is effing impressive.

    It is. I recall the original OT&E pilots had some significant spatial D challenges adapting to the camera view in the helmet. Apparently it was an opaque, not transparent, view when looking down.

    Imagine looking at your crotch and seeing nothing but blue sky and clouds instead.
     

    candcallen

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    If it was a balloon they accidentally lost control of they would have said something.

    This said, that could have been the case to begin with that the chicoms then took advantage of. In that case it's still a chicom spy balloon.

    Someone show me a weather balloon with that kind of payload.

    The truth is probably Somewhere in between. As always.
     
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