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Colour Head-Down Display

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0443
Category: Head-Down Display [HDD]
Object Type: Display Unit
Object Name: Colour Head-Down Display
Part No: 3887/10250
Serial No: 003
Manufacturer: GEC-Marconi Avionics
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): A-10 Thunderbolt 
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
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Weight (g):
8,500 
Location: Reception Display Cabinets
Inscription(s):

Colour Multi-Function Display

Notes:

The South Gyle (Edinburgh) site of BAE Systems (CAGE Code K0662), previously Ferranti, had a good record in making Head Down Displays and this site and Rochester collaborated on exploring the forthcoming technologies such as Liquid Crystal panels. By 2001 a number of HDD employing large LCD panels had been constructed and a trial took place on the A-10 aircraft.
In 2005 the U.S. Air Force contracted Lockheed Martin to provide precision engagement production kits to modify the A-10 Thunderbolt II (aka Warthog) aircraft. The modification kit included a central interface control unit, multifunction colour displays, and new cockpit controls. This upgrade enables the A-10 to use advanced precision-guided weapons, such as the joint direct attack munitions and the wind-corrected munitions dispenser. The aircraft also will be able to accommodate advanced targeting pods, which will allow for increased situational awareness. The initial contract, valued at $37.8 million, was part of a larger plan to outfit the entire A-10 fleet with precision engagement kits over the next five years. The total contract value over the five-year span is estimated at $168 million.

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