The F-35 Generation III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) manufactured by Rockwell Collins is the world’s most advanced biocular helmet-mounted display system—bringing unprecedented visual capability to the world’s most advanced tactical aircraft. Notably, it is also the world’s most expensive helmet. The cost of each custom-made helmet is more than $400,000 USD. This special helmet has been designed to provide pilots with revolutionary situational awareness. The main features of the helmet, which has a custom liner for precise fit and comfort, include virtual head-up display, high accuracy tracking with auto-boresighting, active noise reduction, digital night vision sensor, and much more. Its integrated head-up display is the first to provide pilots with all the critical information they need on the helmet’s visor ensuring that every mission, day or night, is supported with unsurpassed situational awareness, tactical capability and safety. When a pilot looks down, he usually sees the floor of the aircraft. With the Rockwell Collins helmet, instead of seeing the floor of the airplane, he sees the world below him external to the aircraft. If the pilot looks up or behind him, he sees the sky.


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Announced in March of 2015, the Florida Air Guard will send a force of 12 F-15C Eagles and 200 soldiers to the Netherlands and Bulgaria. The deployment is part of the United States’ efforts in Operation Atlantic Resolve, a NATO cooperation aimed towards responding to recent Russian-led tension in the region. A representative from the United States Air Force in Europe stated that this will be the first Air National Guard “theater security package” or TSP to deploy. The force will station in bases at Leeuwarden in Netherlands and Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria and train with NATO allies. The first US theater security package (forces deployed to reassure Eastern European allies of the United States’ commitment to stability in the region and increase the US response capability) was sent out in February and included a fleet of 12 A-10C Thunderbolts and 300 airmen from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base of Arizona. These deployments are expected to last for a duration of six months. In addition to TSPs, the US has already sent 14 F-16 fighter aircraft to Estonia to participate in joint training exercises with the country’s air force.


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In 2014, the Republic of Korea issued a request for proposals on a next-generation, aerial refueling tanker. South Korea intends to acquire four aircraft for the country’s first tanker squadron and is currently considering three bids. While a decision was expected by the end of 2014, South Korea has postponed making an official selection by 12 months. The contract, carried out by South Korea’s Defense Acquisition and Program Administration, is worth approximately $1.3 billion USD. Entries from companies across the globe are being considered. Candidates include the KC-46 (developed by The Boeing Company of the United States), the Airbus A330 MRTT (developed by European consortium Airbus Defence & Space), and lastly a converted Boeing 767-300ER tanker transport manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries.


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In March of 2015, the Boeing’s 757 ecoDemonstrator took its first flight out of Seattle’s Boeing Field following a several months-long test program of wing and vertical tail technologies. The goal is to improve efficiency by reducing environmental effects on natural laminar flow. To do so, Boeing has teamed up with NASA and the TUI Group in order to refine the new technologies that will most improve the aircraft’s environmental performance. TUI Group, the world's largest integrated tourism group, is excited to be collaborating with Boeing. The main goal of their collaboration is to find a way to reduce carbon emissions. Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability at TUI Group said in a statement,


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