UAE F-16 head-up display to feature Raytheon's projector

LONDON. BAE Systems officials selected Raytheon to design, develop, and manufacture the projector for the Digital Light Engine (DLE) head-up display (HUD) on the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces.

The digital HUD upgrade will integrate into the F-16's existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the aircraft, cabling or computing. HUDs combine real-time mission critical information with the outside world view. BAE Systems' new DLE is an electro-optic upgrade to traditional analog HUDs, replacing conventional cathode ray tube devices.

"Digitizing the HUD helps our customers extend the service life of their fleets. By removing the conventional analog system, we're able to increase the HUD's reliability and decrease obsolescence issues, which all lead to lower lifecycle costs," says Andy Humphries, director of Advanced Head-up Displays at BAE Systems.

Deliveries are expected to start early next year.