F-16A/B HUD Pilot's Display Unit

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0020
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Display Unit
Object Name: F-16A/B HUD Pilot's Display Unit
Part No: 79-049-12
Serial No: 27489C0447
Manufacturer: Elliott Bros
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon 
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Location: Archive Object Store

P.D.U. HUD Set
Contract F16/J79
Dsgn. Act. 27489
PN 79-049-12
Mfr. 27489
NSN 6606-01-094-8505WF
Ser. No. 27489C0447


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 system supplied consisted of a Pilot's Display Unit (PDU), an Electronics Unit (EU) and a Rate Sensor Unit (RSU). 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 Vapenfabrikk in Norway also built the EU. The company was responsible for the design, production and supply of complete HUD systems. This unit has a Rochester Serial Number 447 and being a fairly high number was probably built around 1977. The HUD was installed on a special version of the F-16A/B fitted with the J79 engine.

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