BAE Systems has flown its Lite Head-Up Display (HUD) for the first time on a number of different aircraft types, the company announced at the DSEI exhibition in London on 13 September.
The LiteHUD, which is billed as being 60% smaller and 50% lighter than other comparable systems, has so far this year flown on several fixed-wing types, comprising the Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship, the Textron Scorpion ‘light’ jet, and the BAE Systems Advanced Hawk concept demonstrator. Besides these platforms, the system has been selected for the Turkish Air Forces' Hurkus turboprop trainer aircraft and has been selected for three other undisclosed types also.
Besides the weight and size reductions, BAE Systems notes a number of other advantages for its LiteHUD compared with rival systems. These comprise easy cockpit integration and compatibility with modern large area displays (LADs); a “significantly larger” eye motion box than a conventional HUD, increasing pilot comfort; high-resolution navigation and sensor imagery displayed under all flight conditions; high brightness that remains stable over the life of the equipment; seamless operation with night vision goggles; and an all-digital display that provides high reliability and significantly reduced cost over product lifetime.
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