F-16A/B HUD Exit Lens & Combiner Assembly

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0986
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: F-16A/B HUD Exit Lens & Combiner Assembly
Part No: 0114420
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Pilkington PE
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon 
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
240 
Height (mm):
270 
Depth (mm):
340 
Weight (g):
4,920 
Location: Archive Object Store
Inscription(s):

Combiner Assy:
114420
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Exit Lens Assy:
25562
WR4621
F16A406
A55GT6
c/v XIS

Notes:

This is the top part of the Pilot’s Display Unit Optical Module with the exit lens and the Combiner Glass

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-16A/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 Vapenfabrikk 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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