T-38 HUD Low Voltage Power Supply Unit (LVPSU)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1014
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Power Supply/Conditioner
Object Name: T-38 HUD Low Voltage Power Supply Unit (LVPSU)
Part No: 0A343710
Serial No: 2122-268
Manufacturer: Roband Electronics
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): T-38 Talon 
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
Dimensions:
Width (mm):
40 
Height (mm):
180 
Depth (mm):
355 
Weight (g):
3,800 
Location: Archive Object Store
Inscription(s):

L.V. Power Supply Unit
PN K0656SOCN7506-00091
Mfr PN 0A343710
Ser No 2122-268
Mfr K1286
NSN
Contract

Notes:

This LVPSU was fitted to an F-16C/D style Electronics Unit in a demonstrator HUD system fitted to the Sierra T-38 in 1996 by Tracor.
After a long competition in September 1996 the T-38 avionics update programme was awarded to a combination of McDonnell Douglas (MDC) and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).
This would have been a significant programme for the Company to have won because it involved some 425 aircraft with the ultimate aim of introducing F-22 symbology into the HUD and the Company supplied the F-22 system.

The Low Voltage Power Supply was a major part of the F-16A/B and C/D Head Up Display systems Electronics Unit and variants of that design. The LVPSU takes in aircraft power at 115V 400Hz and 28VDC and conditions it to the voltages required by the internal electronics typically 5VDC and +/-20VDC. The box locates on the opposite side of the EU coldwall from the Circuit Boards such that heat is conducted into that coldwall and cooling is by means of filtered cold air blown through the wall. There were two suppliers of these Power supplies; the majority was made by Eldec in the USA but a number were second sourced from Roband in the UK. The unit has a large ‘D’ type Cannon connector into the EU and externally the Aircraft connector ‘J2’ and most units also have a Test connector ‘1J5’. A more shallow but wider LVPSU was fitted to the F-16A/B whereas that on the F-16C/D type goes the full height of the EU.

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