When it comes to having the newest and coolest military tech, the U.S. has every other country beat. I mean, what other nation is fielding a science-fiction worthy electromagnetic catapult on its next aircraft carrier, or testing working defense lasers?
One of the newest, and at $400 billion one of the most expensive, weapons in the U.S. arsenal is the F-35 jet fighter. This single-engine fifth-generation stealth fighter is meant to replace the Air Force's F-16 and A-10, the Navy's F-18 and the Marine's Harrier Jump Jet. There are actually 42 in service so far and a few of them are stationed at Luke Air Force Base just down the road from me.
It will be a while yet before the F-35 actually comes fully online, and, as with any new technology or massive government project, there are cost overruns and negative reports aplenty. But today I want to focus on a cool piece of technology debuting with the fighter.
It's a helmet. Actually, to be accurate, it's a $400,000 helmet. But before you make any jokes about $1,500 toilet seats and $700 hammers, check out what it actually does.