Elbit Gets $29 Million US Air Force Contract for F-16 Head-Up Display

F-16 head-up display (HUD)

Israel’s Elbit Systems America subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, has been awarded a five year contract valued at approximately $29 million by the United States Air Force (USAF). The deal is for the support of USAF’s F-16 head-up display (HUD) electric module assemblies.

Like most HUDs, the F-16 HUD operates with an optical lens assembly, a combiner, and computer interface. By retaining the costly optical lens mechanism and upgrading only the HUD electronic system, Elbit Systems of America offered the USAF the opportunity to give new life to existing HUDs while improving reliability and maintainability.

Elbit Systems of America is a provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the commercial aviation, defense, homeland security, and medical instrumentation markets.

“The F-16 electric module assembly contract was part of a Value Added Engineering Change Proposal (VECP) we presented in support of the USAF and their F-16’s HUD system, ” stated Raanan Horowitz, President and CEO of Elbit Systems of America. “We have a dedicated team of innovative engineers committed to solving obsolescence issues. By designing a modern electronic system that operates with the current optics of the HUD, we are able to provide the Air Force with an affordable, reliable solution for their diminishing manufacturing source and obsolescence concerns. The result is a substantial increase in operational availability.”

“F-16 pilots rely on their HUD for situational awareness and targeting during critical missions. Our advanced technology provides a crisper, sharper image for the pilot and increases the overall operational performance of the HUD, ” continued Horowitz. “Furthermore, the new technology reduces power consumption by approximately 50 percent.”
In addition to upgrading the HUDs at its Talladega facility, Elbit Systems of America also provides upgraded HUD electronic modules to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah and Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, for installation by Air Force personnel.

Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance and unmanned aircraft systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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