ARLINGTON, Va. Lockheed Martin officials in Bethesda, Maryland, sought to modernize the F-22 Raptor’s head-up display (HUD) for the U.S. Air Force, replacing it with a completely digital version. They found their solution at BAE Systems in Arlington, Virginia.
BAE Systems engineers will use the company’s advanced Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to produce a form, fit, and function HUD solution that integrates seamlessly into the F-22’s existing HUD space.
The DLE package is compatible with any existing aircraft interface. Designed for mission effectiveness, the upgrade removes the conventional cathode ray tube (CRT) image source and introduces a more advanced digital display solution. The digital technology offers increased reliability, eliminates high-maintenance and obsolete items, and provides a constant luminance performance.
BAE Systems officials anticipate receiving a follow-on production contract to retrofit the F-22 fleet’s current HUDs with the modern DLE solution.
BAE Systems will modernize the F-22 Raptor’s head-up display (HUD) with its Digital Light Engine technology. (Photo: BAE Systems)
“The F-22 is a premier fighter aircraft of the U.S. Air Force, and its pilots deserve the most advanced situational awareness technology available today,” says Andy Humphries, director of Advanced Displays at BAE Systems. “We’ve worked closely with Lockheed Martin to deliver a completely modernized HUD solution for the F-22 fleet that meets the long-term needs of the Air Force.”
“This new F-22 head-up display is a great example of how the F-22 industry team is integrating innovative technologies into the combat Raptor fleet,” says Ken Merchant, vice president of the F-22 program at Lockheed Martin. “This directly supports our ongoing efforts to deliver affordable and reliable new capabilities to our Air Force customer and warfighters.”
BAE Systems has developed and produced HUDs for more than 50 years, through continuous investment in technology and innovation, officials say. The company has produced more than 15,000 head-up displays that have been in service on more than 50 different aircraft types in more than 50 countries around the world. BAE Systems’ displays perform on some of the most advanced and demanding military aircraft around the world.
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