Some American media still continue to present the F-35 5th generation strike fighter as the embodiment of the most advanced technology, guaranteeing it victory over any enemy - which, however, is increasingly questionable.
Another confirmation of this was the interview of the anonymous F-35 pilot with the famous aviation magazine Hush-Kit, in which he shared his thoughts on the problems in the cockpit interface.
At first glance, it looks very impressive - it has a lot of screens, where a lot of information is displayed. The F-35 is the first fighter with a touchscreen interface. A light touch of the screen is enough and the pilot gains access to the data necessary to complete the mission - for example, on the availability of fuel reserves or to the initial data for launching a missile strike against a ground target.
At first glance, this makes the pilot's job easier, freeing him from manipulating the huge number of switches and dials that fill the cockpit of older fighter jets.
A serious drawback of touchscreens, according to the source, is the lack of haptic feedback. A working switch always "responds" with a clear click and the pilot understands what he did. A completely different picture with touch screens. According to the pilot, about 20% of the screen is unresponsive to touch - and it's hard to pick up.
In addition, sometimes you have to touch the screen at the moment when the plane gets into turbulence, and the pilot himself is experiencing serious overload, because of which his fingers do not fall into the desired part of the screen. Another serious problem is the inability to rest your hand on any detail while typing.
Next on the list is the $ 400, 000 "magic pilot's helmet, " replacing HUDs and touchscreens. Hush-Kit's source believes that previously developed helmets do a better job of displaying information.
Another complaint about the voice input, which the pilot considers useless: if it works properly in the conditions of a ground simulator, then during overloads it fails. “I haven't met anyone at all who used it, ” he says.