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JHMCS, The $240,000 Helmet

By Bruce Eaton

Taking a page straight from Macross and the U.N. Spacey is Boeing?s Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) helmet. First used in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom by the U.S. Airforce and Navy, the JHMCS provides a pilot with the ability to rapidly acquire targets just by looking at them. Using a push of a button, a pilot can quickly and efficiently sweep the sky with his eyes and mark all enemies fast. The JHMCS also displays aircraft altitude, airspeed, gravitational pull and angle of attack on the visor itself, thus cramming as much information into the pilot. The result? Faster, more effective, deadlier, safer pilots. The system can be found in USAF F-15 Eagles, USAF F-16 Fighting Falcons, and U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

Ever since we were kids and saw the Macross anime, everyone thought “I could totally aim with my eyes, I would rock everyone in a Variable Fighter.” Well unfortunately this system is used only by the most elite pilots, but never fear. Maybe if you can dish out the cash, you could buy one and attach it to your bike.

[JHMCS, The $240k Helmet] VIA [Gizmag]







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