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HUD Video Camera [HVC] & Up-Front Control Panel [UFCP]

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1192
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Control/Data Entry
Object Name: HUD Video Camera [HVC] & Up-Front Control Panel [UFCP]
Part No: 3887/53520
Serial No: 003
Manufacturer: GEC-Ferranti
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): Tornado
Year of Manufacture: 1991
Dimensions: Width (mm): 173
Height (mm): 139
Depth (mm): 60
Weight (g): 1,010
Location: Rack RAA12 (collection part) [Mezzanine Store]

U.F.C.P. Assembly
Ref No 3887/53520
Ser No 003 1991
Ser No. 106 1997
1. Sensor Hd 3887/03761
Ser No. 107
2. P & C Assy 3887/03783
Ser No. 111
Sensor Head
Ser No. 107 1997
Mod 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 & 8


This is a solid-state HUD Camera.There are no external markings on this assembly; the markings have been transcribed from the internal surfaces. The term "MLU" refers to the Tornado's mid-life update and CAGE Code, K0662, was for Ferranti.

The Tornado GR.4 Forward Cockpit image is by Gacman67, sourced via Wikimedia Commons and is part of this Wikipedia page.

A Camera is used with a Head Up Display to view the symbology overlaid on the outside world as close as possible to the view that the pilot has through the Combiner Glass. The Camera is a training aid to show how accurately the fighter aircraft engages with the target and ultimately can verify the result of a real engagement.

The Camera assembly is usually mounted on top of the HUD, above the Control Panel, directly aft of the Combiner Glass.

The earliest Cameras used film strip with a replaceable film module and these were quite large and obstructive to the pilot.  However with the advent of diffractive and waveguide optical systems the Combiner acts as part of the optical collimation and is not just a reflector so that the symbology is not focused at the normal location used.  A new solution had to be found and the Camera is instead located forward of the Combiner and the HUD symbology is scan converted and accurately mixed with the Camera video.

Fortunately solid state Cameras were developed, using a CCD chip which converts the optical image into electrical video signals for output to an on-board video recorder or transmitter. Solid state Cameras are also considerably smaller and more reliable.

The camera electronics incorporate extensive filtering to provide exceptional, noise-free, image quality. 

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