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HUD Pilot's Display Unit

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0048
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Display Unit
Object Name: HUD Pilot's Display Unit
Part No: 79-067-02
Serial No: 0116
Manufacturer: Marconi Avionics
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): F-16A/B Fighting Falcon
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
Dimensions: Width (mm): 175
Height (mm): 382
Depth (mm): 595
Weight (g): 17,720
Location: Rack RAA14 (HUD DUs) [Mezzanine Store]
Inscription(s):

PDU HUD SET
SINT Contract ????
Dsgn. Act.
PN 79-067-02
Mfr.
NSN
Ser. No. 0116

Notes:

This was a design which differed from the standard F-16A/B by having a dual Combiner Glass which was probably the first such Combiner assembly made by PPE. These were quite difficult to make as the image had to transfer between the two Combiner surfaces without having any obvious banding, or worse, a false horizon. The coatings on one surface had to fade in transmission/reflection as those on the other surface increased.

The PDU also had a much more comprehensive Up Front Control Panel. The UFCP was attached to the aft end of the PDU and held 22 illuminated push buttons and three LED three character displays in addition to which were the normal HUD, system and Camera controls.

The related items are the corresponding Electronics Unit and a prototype of this unit with a single Combiner Glass.

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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