This High-Tech Helmet Has Night Vision Built In


With a night vision display built right into its visor, the Striker II helmet made by defense company BAE Systems could mean that fighter jet pilots won’t need to wear separate night vision goggles in the near future.

BAE unveiled the night trials on the Striker II helmet-mounted display at the Farnborough Air Show, and it released the claim that it is the most advanced helmet ever made for fighter pilots.

Not only does the Striker II use a night vision camera to project information on to the helmet’s visor, but it also has a colour display and 3D audio that allows pilots to identify exactly which direction a threat is coming from. The helmet can also easily transition between daylight and darkness, which will allow for the changing light that occurs during a sunset and sunrise. Another big benefit of the Striker II is that it can be integrated with existing aircraft’s electronics – there is no need to modify the aircraft’s hardware at all.

The trials at the Farnborough Air Show were the second phase in the attempt to use a helmet-mounted device while operating the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet. The success of this second phase will show that the digital night vision technology at BAE is fully developed.

If these trials are successful, BAE will start working to create a digitized night vision helmet that will negate the need for night vision goggles, which increase g-force pressure on pilots’ heads and necks.

Relative to other helmet-mounted devices, the Striker II has an unprecedented tracking system that keeps the pilot’s head and the computer system in sync at all times. This means there will be no delays when the system is projecting symbols and data on to the visor, and that they’ll always land in exactly the right place. This means spot-on target tracking and situational awareness.

BAE Systems leads the industry in avionics and technology in cockpits, for commercial planes as well as military ones. They also produce technology for soldiers on land, like a radio that helps soldiers communicate via bone conduction. This technology uses the human body’s ability to carry sound through bones, and delivers messages from a soldier’s helmet right into their inner ear. They also create headphones and hearing aids for soldiers to protect their ears from gunfire and explosions.


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