|Category:||Head-Up Display [HUD]|
|Object Type:||Display Unit|
|Object Name:||C-17 DUST HUD|
|Year of Manufacture:||Unknown|
|Location:||Archive Object Store|
Head Up Display Assembly
The US Department of Defense runs a Dual Use Science and Technology (DUST) programme which allows the DoD and a Contractor to establish work that benefits both parties. A guiding principle is for the DoD to try to leverage technological advances in the commercial sector to help meet future defence requirements. In 2005 the Company participated in a joint Boeing Phantom Works, AFRL (DUST) programme to evaluate fused sensor and synthetic imagery on helmet-mounted (HMD), HUD and HDD displays. The system installed on the C-17 included three FL1R sensors providing a 192° wide field of view. Using a BAE Systems head-tracked, visor-projected HMD, the pilot was able to look anywhere within the fused EVS/SVS image, including down"through" the instrument panel and an aft looking IR image of the cargo hold. A BAE developed digital light engine HUD will displayed images processed at high speeds using field-programmable gate arrays. This reduced latency in images, which will be displayed as close as is feasible to the ideal "single timeframe" speed of 16.6 milliseconds.’ BAE Systems supplied a standard C-17 Head Up Display modified with a Digital Light Engine using a DMDTM Light source and laser illumination. This aspect of the project helped in the development of a solid state replacement for the CRT which was becoming difficult to source and lacking in resolution for the modern sensors.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. The C-17 commonly performs strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop duties.
Boeing, which merged with McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s, continued to manufacture C-17s for export customers following the end of deliveries to the U.S. Air Force.