F-16 LANTIRN HUD Illuminated Control Panel

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1081
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Control/Data Entry
Object Name: F-16 LANTIRN HUD Illuminated Control Panel
Part No: 19565-702300-3
Serial No: 0095
Manufacturer: Symbolic Displays [SDI]
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16C/D Fighting Falcon 
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
140 
Height (mm):
100 
Depth (mm):
20 
Weight (g):
175 
Location: Archive Object Store
Inscription(s):

Illuminated Control Panel
NATO-K0656-2544-00032 Rev A
19565-702300-3 Rev F
Proc Des CF-L2
NSN
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Lamps (21) SDI 702255
Contract No.
Ser. No. 0095
Mfg, Date Mar 1988
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Caution
5 Volts Max

Notes:

The item bears the maintenance marks:
"RWK Oct 1989"
"RPR Jul 1990"
"RPR Mar 1994"

GEC-Marconi Avionics began development of diffractive (holographic) optical elements in the late 70’s building on the work of the Marconi Research Centre at Great Baddow under Dr Firth. A clean room was opened at Rochester in 1987 to carry out research and to manufacture holographic elements. It has an optical bench going down to bedrock to minimise the vibrations from the nearby motorway!  

The Company developed a diffractive optical system using three combiner elements which gave a large Head Motion Box. In 1980 Marconi won the contract to supply the HUD for the USAF LANTIRN programme of which 932 were manufactured for the USAF.  The LANTIRN programme links a Forward Looking Infra Red system to the HUD to present a TV picture at night of the outside world. The slight loss of transmission through the three combiner elements was not a problem in night operation although not ideal for Air-to-Air.

A raster display alone cannot give adequate symbol resolution and ensure that the symbology is always visible over the brightest shade of raster.  A technique of drawing all the symbology cursively in the field blank period of the video was developed which meant drawing nearly ten times as fast. Suddenly flying by night at low level was possible.  The HUD gives a 30 degree field of view in azimuth; essential for looking into turns and a 20 degree vertical view. The HUD was known as the DHUD for Diffractive HUD or WARHUD for Wide Angle Raster HUD. 

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