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F-16A/B HUD Chassis

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0673
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: F-16A/B HUD Chassis
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Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon 
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
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Location: Archive Object Store
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This is the ‘chassis mechanical’ forming the front end of the Pilot’s Display Unit. The chassis bolts on to the Optical Module and has the location and alignment features comprising two screws on the top and two pins on the front end (note that in HUDs the references are with respect to the aircraft so that ‘rear’ means the pilot end of the unit). Within the box are card slots for Deflection Amplifiers and a final stage Video processing module. The CRT with its Matching Card attaches to the Optical Module and the High Voltage Power Supply locates into the underside.

In January 1972 the Lightweight Fighter Programme asked for designs from several American manufacturers. In January 1975 General Dynamics was pronounced the winner with the YF-16. Since its small beginning with an initial USAF order for 650 aircraft, the F-16 has become one of the largest and most successful military aircraft in aviation history. At least 23 countries have purchased the F-16 in various forms.

The HUD system, which at one point seems to have been called the HUDSIGHT by the Company, consisted of a Pilot’s Display Unit (PDU), an Electronics Unit (EU) and a Rate Sensor Unit (RSU).  General Dynamics however called it the Fire Control Sight System FCSS.                                                                                     

The F-16 A/B was an international programme with a requirement for offset. The HUD PDU and EU were both built in Rochester and at Atlanta in Georgia, de Oude Delft in the Netherlands also built the PDU and  Kongsberg Vapenfabrik in Norway also built the EU. The Rochester site was responsible for the design, production and supply of complete HUD systems. The legend "27489" on the Ident labels of many of the boxes is a defunct CAGE code for the Rochester site of Elliott Bros (London) Ltd.    

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