Okay I see what you're talking about now. That thing in front of the rotor mast does not appear on the version I have seen photos of previously and being a front-on shot, and me being slightly pissed when I wrote all this, it seems there could be more to it than I realised at first.
XXXX/Fosters can holder/cooler. Looking at the fragility of the switches and knowing the ham fisted abilities of the Digger pilots, I'll wager the buttons dont last more than two sorties before they are all fcuked, bent or trod into the floor of the cockpit. I'll also bet they will draw in Crayola on the shiny MFDs too. Once a crim farm boy, always a crim farm boy. It should have the cockpit of a Bedford RL with switches by Duplo.
It is the OH&S approved version of fluffy dice for all the chav/westies down here. The toadjuice/catpiss holder is on either side of the helmet connected by tubes a la the spam "foamdome" beloved by Homer.
Flashy tsk tsk you should know we never give dangerous items like crayons to aircrew we leave them with the seconded imported instructors
You are correct, a mix of two of things. Mainly, this was a cover to stop nosey journo's seeing what capabilities are available via the 'stick' and conveniently it also can act as a cover, though its not normally used in a real unit. The linked pic was from an airshow, and Eurofrogter didn't want too many nosey journo's poking their heads in and deducing some of what the electronics/optronics can do. God knows, theres enough journos and weirdos camping out near here....