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Head-up display upgrade for UAE F-16s
DLE HUD. © BAE Systems

Head-up display upgrade for UAE F-16s

BAE Systems has been selected to modernize head-up displays on F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, replacing the fleet’s analog system with advanced digital technology.

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernize head-up displays (HUD) on F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, replacing the fleet’s analog system with advanced digital technology.

BAE Systems says it will use its Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to implement a HUD upgrade that integrates seamlessly into the F-16’s existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the aircraft, cabling, or computing. The advanced DLE technology removes the conventional cathode ray tube (CRT) powering the legacy system and introduces an advanced digital display solution.

According to BAE Systems, the fully digital system has the potential to reduce life-cycle costs by 20% and offers at least four times the reliability of legacy analog systems. The DLE HUD features high-resolution symbology that is viewable under any flight condition, and it is designed to accommodate future advancements in symbology and video.

In 2017, the DLE technology was selected to modernise the F-22 HUD for the U.S. Air Force. The company provided the original analog HUDs for both the F-16 and F-22 aircraft.

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