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Mirage HUD Pilot's Display Unit

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0018
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Display Unit
Object Name: Mirage HUD Pilot's Display Unit
Part No: 79-049-14EX
Serial No: 002
Manufacturer: Marconi Avionics
Division: Airborne Display [ADD]
Platform(s): Mirage III
Year of Manufacture: circa 1975
Dimensions: Width (mm): 207
Height (mm): 345
Depth (mm): 635
Weight (g): 16,900
Location: Rack RAA14 (HUD DUs) [Mezzanine Store]

Contract F33-75-C-0310
Dsgn Act K0656
PN 78-049-14EX
Mfr K0656
Limpiar Vidrio con Alcohol y Papel Tissue para Opticals segun especif. FED O-E-760


This unit is an experimental derivative of the F-16A/B. It has a new Up Front Control Panel (below the original Film Camera bracket) that accommodates 22 illuminated push buttons and 3 LED three character displays, in addition to the normal HUD, system and camera controls. The PDU is very similar to C0048 but only has a single Combiner Glass. Since the Up Front Control Panel legends are also in Spanish it may well be that this is a prototype for the SINT project.

The project was for 24 units under a contract with Argentina to equip the Dagger (a Mirage V variant supplied from Israel). The project was called SINT standing for ‘Sistema Integrado de Navegaciön y Tiro’ a navigation and attack system upgrade for the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina, or simply FAA) and was given the Divisional code Project 911. The project was cancelled because of the outbreak of conflict with Argentina over the Falklands. About 15 HUD systems had been delivered but not installed which was probably just as well!

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