BAE Systems has used technologies it developed for the cancelled alternate helmet programme for the Lockheed Martin F-35 to launch the new Striker II model, which features an innovative helmet-mounted display.
An upgrade on the current Striker helmet utilised by Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen pilots, Striker II is being introduced at the Farnborough air show.
“The technology we delivered for the alternate F-35 programme we have now extended into the Striker II,” says Chris Colston, director of business development for advanced displays at BAE Systems. “All of the underlying technology developed for that is BAE’s.”
The company is officially launching the helmet on Wednesday, where it will provide more detail on the specific technical elements of Striker II.
However, it is understood that night vision capability will be integrated into the helmet with no need for separate goggles.
Vision Systems, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins, is the sole provider of the F-35's Generation 3 helmet since the 2013 cancellation of the alternate offering.