BAE Systems officials didn't quite go so far as to say it, but the company's Electronic Systems division believes it has a decent chance of securing business from Joint Strike Fighter customers for its new Striker II helmet, which was launched at the show yesterday.

The helmet, a derivative of the Striker currently flown on the Typhoon and Gripen by various air forces, also draws on work BAE undertook during the project to source an alternative helmet for the JSF program. The BAE helmet was funded after difficulties with the primary solution – a collaborative program run by Elbit and Rockwell Collins. The alternative helmet was canceled after the primary’s problems were ironed out.

Striker II integrates a night-vision capability into the helmet, using Intevac's ISIE-11 digital night-vision camera, which is embedded into the helmet in a central position above the visor. The helmet is lower in mass than the current Striker and its center of gravity is different, to improve comfort.

"We can see what the requirements are, and we've effectively embodied those in this system," says Chris Colston, business development director. "We've made it a modular design so that we can start to introduce color when the cockpit's ready to take color, and next-generation digital night-vision cameras as that progresses. We've got a future-proof solution, but the spec of that helmet is to meet the broadest set of requirements that are out there today. And we believe that this meets or exceeds what is required."