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HUD EU Mounting Tray Sub-assembly

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0515
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Mounting Tray
Object Name: HUD EU Mounting Tray Sub-assembly
Part No: 229-011575
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Marconi Avionics
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon 
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
210 
Height (mm):
140 
Depth (mm):
420 
Weight (g):
870 
Location: Main Object Store
Inscription(s):

None

Notes:

This is the Mounting Tray for the HUD Electronics Unit fitted to the F-16A/B. It would seem from the Forms (Delivery Note Finished (DNF) and Certificate of Conformance) that this Tray was transferred internally to ADD Logistics.

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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