Take a Stroll Through a Military Fighter-Systems Factory

By Chris Mills on at

We recently had the chance to visit BAE Systems' facility at Rochester, where all the electronic bits and bobs for basically every British (and some American) combat aircraft get made. Although we've got some exciting stuff with Terminator helmets and horrifically expensive flight simulators in the works, we thought we'd kick off with a tour of the factory, where all the top-secret stuff is actually built.

In particular, we had a chance to have a look at the production facilities for the Striker helmet; control systems for the American F-22 stealth fighter, as well as all sorts of flight computers. My favourite part, though? Definitely the massive collection of properly ancient computers they still have lying around. Retro-awesome.