Seeing is Believing: UK Firm Powers Next-Gen Fighter Pilot Helmet

PTC's Creo has played a significant role in the development of Striker II

BAE Systems, one of the United Kingdom’s leading defense contractors, is utilizing advanced 3D design software to develop what experts say is the world’s most sophisticated fighter pilot helmet. The new helmet, called Striker II, features a visor that displays critical flight data directly onto the pilot’s field of vision, creating an augmented reality effect.

BAE Systems is working with PTC, an American software firm, and using their Creo 3D modeling program to design mechanical parts for the Striker II helmet. This new helmet aims to provide fighter pilots with more integrated information during missions.

“We have been working with PTC’s Creo for more than 20 years across a host of different projects, and the solution has helped us create the mechanical design and manufacturing drawings for Striker II,” said George White, Lead Mechanical Engineer at BAE Systems.

By overlaying digital flight instrumentation and targeting data onto the real-world view, the Striker II helmet allows pilots to process more information without having to look down at traditional displays in the cockpit. This creates a quicker, more seamless experience for the pilot.

“The fact that our engineers working on this new technology are so well versed on the capabilities of PTC’s solution has certainly supported our development programme,” White added.

Creo provides 3D computer-aided design tools to help engineers build and test virtual prototypes before manufacturing. This accelerated design process allows for faster iteration and innovation.

“This is our latest involvement in pushing the boundaries of aviation technology and I’m really pleased Creo is contributing to the design phase of bringing Striker II to life,” said Elliot Clarke, UK Director at PTC.

By partnering with established defense contractors like BAE Systems, PTC can showcase how its software enables the development of cutting-edge aerospace and defense technologies, according to industry analysts. The Striker II project further strengthens PTC’s relationship with BAE Systems, a leading supplier to the defense sector.

BAE Systems expects to roll out the augmented reality helmets to military pilots within the next few years. The company hopes the Striker II’s enhanced vision and awareness will give pilots a critical advantage in combat situations.

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