“It looks like something out of Star Wars; it performs like something out of Star Wars.” This is how the British manufacturer BAE Systems describes the multifunctional HEA helmet, which weighs less than two kilograms. The helmet lets Eurofighter pilots keep track of their flight data and gives them a view of the sky around them, while also allowing them to steer the sighting mechanism through voice recognition and control. HEA stands for head equipment assembly.
Superbrain for pilots
The Eurofighter HEA helmet
BAE Systems Chief Test Pilot Mark Bowman with the Eurofighter HEA helmet.
Sources: BAE Systems, German Air Force, Airbus Defence and Space