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Mirage HUD Up-Front Control Panel

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0512
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Control/Data Entry
Object Name: Mirage HUD Up-Front Control Panel
Part No: 229-046593-01
Serial No: K0656C0009
Manufacturer: Marconi Avionics
Division: Airborne Display [ADD]
Year of Manufacture: circa 1980
Dimensions: Width (mm): 153
Height (mm): 190
Depth (mm): 50
Weight (g): 1,239
Location: Rack RAA13 (HUD DU Parts) [Mezzanine Store]

Ser No. K0656C0009


This Pilots Display Unit is another derivative of the F-16A/B and was designed for an upgrade to the Spanish Air Force Dassault Mirage III fighters. The Up Front Control Panel was quite sophisticated having a four row VFD display panel set with a four by five block of push buttons to the left and a two by five block to the right. Below this panel is a conventional set of switches and knobs for the HUD functions, Altimeter settings and Communications; interestingly the legends are all in English. At the top of the UFCP is a Video Camera recording the HUD symbology and outside world.
The contract with the Company was unfortunately cancelled but 40 HUDs were built and they were later used with some adaptation on another contract.
This item is the Up Front Control Panel from the Mirage III PDU.
It is marked
MM3 PDU 79-119-01
The panel was made by an external sub-contractor such as Stop-choc or Symbolic Displays but was made to an ADD drawing hence that Division is noted as the manufacturer.

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