Tony "Brick" Wilson is considered a veteran of the US Air Force and one of the test pilots who gave the 5th generation F-35 fighter a ticket to the skies. He spoke about his work and the capabilities of the new machine during a video tour for YouTube users.
According to Wilson, the 5th generation machines are distinguished not only by stealth, but also by the ability to combine information from numerous sensors and present it to the pilot in a processed form.
Wilson demonstrated the EOTS optical-electronic targeting system, which consists of a nose-mounted infrared sensor and a network of multidirectional cameras that provide the pilot with a complete view of the surrounding area. At the same time, these sensors enable him to track and target enemy aircraft and ground targets at any time of the day and in any weather.
The F-35's armament is represented by a hidden 35mm cannon, four air-to-air missiles in two internal weapon bays. The aircraft is also capable of carrying AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles - one on each wing.
In another version, the F-35 is equipped with a variety of air-to-air ammunition, including the JDAM satellite-guided laser-guided bombs - the Paveway II. The fighter also has four suspension points on the wings and two bomb bays with a total weight of 2267 kg.
The "cherry on the cake" was the demonstration of a pilot's helmet with augmented reality function, which projects a circular image. Thanks to panoramic shooting, viewers can try to sit in the pilot's seat and see all the equipment of the fighter with their own eyes.