BAE Systems develops a virtual cockpit for fighter pilots

It is no secret that the profession of a fighter pilot is one of the most difficult - and this is due, among other things, to the high saturation of the cockpit with sophisticated modern instruments. One of the leading British defense concerns BAE Systems has made an attempt to simplify the control system of the fighter using artificial intelligence as much as possible.

The result is a prototype cockpit, somewhat reminiscent of an augmented reality helmet. Hence its unofficial name - "wearable cockpit" ("wearable cockpit"). Thanks to artificial intelligence, the control process is reduced to tracking the position of the pilot's eyes and confirming gestures.

If the development goes into mass production, then the impressive array of dials, touch screens, buttons and knobs in the cockpit of the 6th generation fighter will be replaced by a practically “clean” cockpit, which can be rebuilt as easily as the home screen on a smartphone.

The unification of the control algorithm will lead to savings in expensive materials and weight reduction, which will inevitably reduce the cost of combat vehicles and simplify their maintenance. In order to change the digital content of the cockpit, it will be enough to make changes to the software in accordance with the mission to be performed.