BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernize the F-22 Raptor’s head-up display (HUD) for the U.S. Air Force, replacing it with a completely digital version.
Under terms of the contract, BAE Systems will use its advanced Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to implement a form, fit, and function HUD solution that integrates seamlessly into the F-22’s existing HUD space.
The company then anticipates receiving a follow-on production contract to retrofit the F-22 fleet’s current HUDs with the modern DLE solution.
BAE Systems says the DLE package is compatible with any existing aircraft interface. It replaces the conventional cathode ray tube image source with a digital display solution. According to the manufacturer, digital technology offers increased reliability, eliminates high-maintenance and obsolete items, and provides a constant luminance performance.