That is a Block 40/42 cockpit. The HUD is called a WAR (Wide Area Raster) HUD. It was designed to display the LANTIRN Navigation pod IR imagry directly thru the HD to allow a pilot to penetrate a rugged terrain at low level in complete darkness. The F-15E HUD is huge for the same reason. Since the LANTIRN low level mission is not used much anymore on the F-16's, when the jet goes thru the CCIP mod, the WAR HUD is removed and a more common Wide FOV HUD and all of the capabilities and intrumentation of the Block 50 is integrated into the Blok 40's.
It is inetresting to see the changes on the cockpit from when I was working on these jets!
But if you look at the new SU-35 with the thrust vectoring. And the fact that canards can be added if the customer wishes. Then you have an SU-37 reincarnated. Same with the SU-30MKI except more like an SU-37UB.
"I do not want to be human. I want to see gamma rays, X-rays I want to hear, and I want - I want to smell the dark matter. Do not see the absurdity of what they are? I can not even properly express these things, because I - I have to force myself to make such complex concepts in this stupid, restrictive language of words ... but I know that I want to get something more prehensile legs of these, the solar wind and feel of a supernova Slide on me. I am a machine, and I know so much, so I could try, but I'm trapped in this body absurd. And why? Why are my five creators have thought that God wanted this!".
I agree. But id like to build more raptors. Also some of the buyers are getting pissed about the F-35 because of its rising cost and constant delays. The F-35s are aproaching F-22 territory price wise. And its to over priced (F-35). Also why not give the british and aussies some F-22s? Im pretty sure thats what they really want. Also the royal navy is considering the F-18E/F because of the F-34 delays and the superhornets cheaper price tag.
Amen to that. Really, the F35 was the answer to a question no one asked, and the sole purpose for its existance, a cheaper alternative to the F-22, has evapourated. The F-22 costs $100 million per plane. Originally slated to cost $30 million, the F-35 now costs $91 million per plane. At that rate, you may as well pay the extra $9 million and get the far superior Raptor. If budget is a big concern, then upgraded F-15s, F-16s, and F/A-18s are the way to go. There's nothing an F-35 can do that an upgraded F/A-18 can't.
Due to all these shortcomings, I've nicknamed the F-35 the "Jokin' Smokin' Faker", which is a play on its JSF nickname. Now. I will say one thing nice about the F-35. I think it would make a very good armed recon machine. Take the VTOL capable F-35B model, outfit it with cameras and various recon sensors, add a pair of Sidewinder missiles, and you have a small, fast recon machine. The VTOL abilities will let it deploy from forward positions and semi-prepared air bases.