Elbit upgrading F-16 displays

Dec. 6, 2011 at 7:04 AM
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TALLADEGA, Ala., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Elbit Systems of America LLC has been tasked by U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to upgrade wide-angle conventional heads-up displays on Block 30 and 50 F-16s.

The WAC HUD projects critical instrument panel information on a transparent surface in front of the pilot.

Under the five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity award, Elbit will manufacture Reliability and Maintainability Electronic Module Assemblies for the U.S. Air Force aircraft displays.

Elbit said the award will implement the Value Engineering Change Proposal it earlier submitted to replace the legacy electronic module within the WAC HUD.

Elbit Systems of America Services and Support Solutions had developed a new design that uses legacy optics but replaces the outmoded chassis, cathode ray tube and associated drive control electronics.

The new display design reduces total part count and power consumption, the company said.

Elbit Systems of America has received initial orders in the amount of $3 million under the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, which carries a total value of $38.5 million.

"We are pleased to provide F-16 operators with this upgraded HUD and to enable increased mission availability through an order of magnitude improvement in reliability," said Elbit Systems of America President and Chief Executive Officer Raanan Horowitz. "Elbit Systems of America's Services and Support Solution business is a leader in providing innovation for cost-effective system support.

"For the F-16 HUD, we partnered with the U.S. Air Force to develop a solution which significantly reduces life-cycle cost. This is especially important considering the budget pressures faced these days by the U.S. military."

Elbit Systems of America LLC is a subsidiary of Israel's Elbit Systems Ltd.

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