DSEI, LONDON. BAE Systems in Farnborough, England, logged a significant milestone for its LiteHUD head-up display (HUD) technology and program: It took to the skies for its first flight, which took place on a U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) AC-130J aircraft. Subsequently, the LiteHUD flew on Textron’s Scorpion jet and BAE Systems’ Advanced Hawk demonstrator aircraft. It will fly on at least two other aircraft this year, officials say.
A HUD is a see-through display that seamlessly presents flight-critical information directly in a pilot’s line of sight, without obstructing views of the outside world. BAE Systems began funding the development of LiteHUD more than two years ago, confident that customers would benefit from its next-generation display capability, at a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) price.
Sixty percent smaller than a conventional HUD, BAE Systems’ LiteHUD head-up display fits seamlessly into almost any cockpit. (Photo: BAE Systems)
“We set out to provide customers with the world’s most advanced digital display capability for trainer aircraft, and LiteHUD is quickly proving to serve an even wider market,” describes Andy Humphries, director of Advanced Displays at BAE Systems.
Since its inception, LiteHUD has been selected for trainer platforms, light combat aircraft, and full-fledged fighters alike, including the Hurkus trainer, Scorpion jet, AC-130J aircraft, Advanced Hawk demonstrator, and three other aircraft.
Designed using BAE Systems’ patented optical waveguide technology, LiteHUD is 60 percent smaller by volume and up to 50 percent lighter than conventional HUDs. The system is engineered to enhance situational awareness in both day and night conditions, to significantly improve flight safety and reduce pilot fatigue. Its modular design, which includes a built-in color camera, enables seamless integration with both existing and future cockpits.
BAE Systems has been a leader in head-up display development and production for 60 years, a position gained through continuous investment in technology and innovation. The company has produced more than 15,000 head-up displays that have been in service on more than 50 different types of military and commercial aircraft in more than 50 countries around the world.
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