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F-5 HUD DU Chassis Electrical

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1461
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Module/Sub-Assembly/Component
Object Name: F-5 HUD DU Chassis Electrical
Part No: 229-046590-01
Serial No: K0656 0004
Manufacturer: GEC Avionics
Division: Airborne Display [ADD]
Platform(s): F-5
Year of Manufacture: circa 1993
Dimensions: Width (mm): 180
Height (mm): 160
Depth (mm): 400
Weight (g): 2,028
Location: Rack RAA12 (collection part) [Mezzanine Store]

Chassis Electrical Assy K0656
S/N K0656C0004

Chassis Mechanical Assy K0656
S/N K0656C0008

[H] 229-047343-0


The Company designed a PDU based on the F-16C/D design for retrofit to aircraft in countries where the F-16 was the primary fighter aircraft and the F-5 was a 'lead-in' trainer and an effective fighter in its own right. This is probably an early version to support the Northrop programmes.
The Chassis contains the Circuit Modules, Power Supply and interfaces with the Optical Module.

An upgraded  design of the PDU  was supplied from the mid 90s onwards which was based on the F-16C/D HUD system.

The PDU had a double Combiner but with the upper being about half the lower in length (there is no need for the forward lower section as the image transfers to the upper aft section to enhance the vertical field of view). The Up Front Control Panel incorporated a multiline display but was otherwise similar to the standard.

Northrop itself was a late entrant to the F-5 upgrade market, and its offering in 1994 to develop an F-5 replacement drew heavily on the abandoned F-20 programme. The company's upgrade was the classic modelled on the F-16, allowing the F-5 to be used as a lead-in trainer or a combat aircraft, and the concept was flight-tested in a USN F-5E late in 1994.

In addition to the new HUD system the upgrade package usually included such items as a 1553B databus, new mission and air-datacomputers and monochrome CRTs or colour LCDs, new radar, laser-inertial navigation system and a data transfer module. 

The HUD therefore has to be a long thin design although in these upgrades as many as possible of the F-16 modules were employed.  The original F-5 PDU, and prior to that the LCOS,was installed vertically into a structure boresighted as part of the aircraft but this F-16 based design used an adjustable Mounting Tray into which the PDU fitted horizontally on the standard F-16 bolts.

The EU contains 15 circuit cards of which 13 are common to the F-16C/D EU; the two unique cards are for the interface to the F-5 avionic systems. The system software, also known as the Operational Flight Program (OFP) was written in Jovial J-73 language and the symbology was compliant with the Mil-Std-187 standard.

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