The helmet that will give fighter pilots X-ray vision

The new helmet for pilots of the hi-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

(MoD handout)

Arnold Schwarzenegger eat your heart out: the new Terminator-style fighter helmet 

This is the helmet that will also the next generation of fighter jet pilots to see through their own aircraft. Honestly.

The head gear is being developed for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter(JSF) and is currently being tested by Ministry of Defence scientists at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.

An MoD spokesman said: “Unlike other jet aircraft the JSF, which is planned to replace the Harrier, does not have a traditional head-up display. Instead the computerised symbology will be displayed directly on to the pilot’s visors, providing the pilot with cues for flying, navigating and fighting the aircraft.

“It even will superimpose infra-red imagery on to the visor to allow the pilot to look through the cockpit floor at night and see the world below – like something out of Terminator. This is absolutely the cutting edge of technology. No other helmet will be able to do this.”

The helmet, currently at prototype stage, is being developed by Vision Systems International and Helmet Integrated Systems Limited.