Sept 13, 2017: BAE Systems’ LiteHUD® head-up display(HUD) lately took to the skies for its maiden flight, marking a major milestone for the technology and the program. Its first voyage occurred on a US Special Operations Command AC-130J aircraft, followed by flights on Textron’s Scorpion jet and BAE Systems’ Advanced Hawk demonstrator aircraft. It is expected to fly on at least two other aircraft this year.
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 an off-the-shelf price.
“LiteHUD’s achievements in the last year are reinforced by these successful flights and the positive feedback we’ve received from our customers,” said Andy Humphries, director of Advanced Displays at 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.”
Since its commencement, 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.
LiteHUD is 60 percent smaller by volume and up to 50 percent lighter than conventional head-up displays. The system is engineered to improve situational awareness in both day and night conditions, which considerably enhances flight safety and reduces pilot fatigue. Its modular design, which includes a built-in color camera, enables flawless integration with both existing and future cockpits.