Defense Industry Daily website reports that Lockheed Martin received a $101.3M contract for production of 383 F-35 magic helmets (1). That’s $256,000 per helmet. It’s not clear from the contract announcement whether that is the total cost for the helmets or an incremental modification (2). Previous estimates had put the helmet cost at $400,000 each.
Regardless, pilots, do not misplace your helmet!
The helmet, you’ll recall, is supposed to provide the magic that fuses all the F-35’s sensor data and allows the pilot to have 360 degree vision. Of course, the helmet has been under development for a couple of decades and still has problems. Hey, what do you want for a few hundred thousand dollars each?