F-16 HUD "Symbol Generator A", Circuit Module

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0633
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: F-16 HUD "Symbol Generator A", Circuit Module
Part No: 27489 229-005802-03
Serial No: 27489C0233
Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon 
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
110 
Height (mm):
168 
Depth (mm):
15 
Weight (g):
295 
Location: Archive Object Store
Inscription(s):

Symbol Generator A
27489 ASSY 229-005802-03
S No. 27489C0223
Symbol Generator 'A'
229-010706

Notes:

This ‘Symbol Generator A’ is one of the circuit modules from the HUD EU. The cards in the EU have a lattice heat sink which transfers the heat to an air cooled core between the card tray and the Power Supply. The circuit board is a multi-layer printed board.

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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