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HUD Up-Front Control Panel (UFCP)

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1331
Category: Head-Up Display [HUD]
Object Type: Control/Data Entry
Object Name: HUD Up-Front Control Panel (UFCP)
Part No: 3887/53758
Serial No: 008
Manufacturer: Ferranti
Division: Unknown
Platform(s): Tornado
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Dimensions: Width (mm): 173
Height (mm): 100
Depth (mm): 54
Weight (g): 473
Location: Rack RAA12 (collection part) [Mezzanine Store]

UFCP Assembly
Ref No. 3887/53758
Ser No. 008
[handwritten in ink]
Pt. No. 2774001.Iss.4.
S.No. 26515
Date. 5/91 10/91 2/96 3/98


As the related object shows, this HUD Control Panel is fitted to the HUD Video Camera unit, as illustrated in the Tornado GR.4 instrument panel picture. The panel has controls for the HUD such as Symbol and raster luminance and the settings for the FLIR image. Other controls are for the aircraft systems such as Baro/Rad Altimeter setting and selection and various operating modes.
The CAGE code K0662 refers to Ferranti.
The Tornado GR.4 Forward Cockpit image is by Gacman67, sourced via Wikimedia Commons and is part of this Wikipedia page.

The Tornado originally came in two variants; the Interdictor Strike Version (IDS) for the German, Air Force and Navy, Italian Air Force, and the Royal Air Force, and the Air Defence Variant (ADV) for the Royal Air Force only. Marconi-Elliott Avionic Systems provided a wide range of equipment for both variants.

• Digital Autopilot Flight Director System (AFDS)in conjunction with Aeritalia, Italy
• Command Stability Augmentation System (CSAS)  in conjunction with Bodenseewerk, Germany
• Quadruplex Actuator Integrated into Fairey Hydraulics power control unit
• Stores Management System (SMS) in conjunction with Selenia, Italy
• Fuel Flowmeter System in conjunction with Teldix, Germany and OMI, Italy
• TV Tabular Display System in conjunction with AEG Telefunken, Germany
• Combined Radar and Projected Map Display (CRPMD) from Ferranti
• E-Scope Display System
• Triplex Transducer Unit
• Central Suppression Unit
• Engine Control Unit

By 1980 the Enhanced E-Scope Display (EESD) was under development. This was was a digital design with a frame store, rather than the analogue design and long persistence phosphor CRT of the original E-Scope Display (ESD). The EESD part number was 79-061-xx and this version was probably fitted to the majority of Tornado IDS aircraft.

RAF IDS variants were initially designated the Tornado GR1 with two variants called the Tornado GR1A and Tornado GR1B; the Tornado F3 was yet another version.

The contract covering the development and production investment for the Royal Air Force's mid-life update (MLU) for their 229 Tornado GRl and F3 aircraft was signed in April 1989. The upgrade included the following:

• Introduction of a new avionics architecture built around a 1553 databus.
• New sensors & Displays consisting of a Forward Looking Infra-red sensor, a Pilot's Multi-Function Display with digital map, wide angle HUD, Computer Symbol Generator, Video recording System and a Computer loading System.
• New Armament Control System consisting of a Stores Management System, a Weapon Interface Unit linked to a 1553 databus within a 1760 interface.
• A Night Vision Goggle compatible cockpit and the aircraft is also equipped with Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR)
• Terrain Reference Navigation /Terrain Following Display/Terrain Following Switching & Logic Unit /Covert RadAlt.

Ferranti won the contract for the new HUD, Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD) to replace the TV Tabs, EHDD and E-scope. To support the new avionics a new Computer Signal Generator (CSG), with several times the computing capacity of the original Tornado main computer, and using the new high level ADA progamming language was procured

The Ferranti Nite-Op jettisonable NVGs were also procured under a separate contract.

In the event the MLU project stalled. In March 1993 a new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) project was launched and in1994 the UK signed a contract for MLU of GR1/GR1A/GR1Bs to GR4/GR4A standard.

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