(JNS.org) Lockheed Martin, which is producing advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to be shipped to Israel, announced that it has chosen to manufacture a pilot’s helmet for the jets co-developed by the Israeli company Elbit Systems.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. Credit: Andy Wolfe.
The decision will save $45 million it had originally allocated for the development of an alternate helmet, the company said.
The Israel Air Force will receive its first F-35 jets in the second half of 2016. The jets’ “Helmet Mounted Display Systems” provide pilots with unprecedented situational awareness.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon toured Lockheed Martin’s F-35 manufacturing plant in Texas last week, according to Israel Hayom.