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U.S. AIR FORCE F-22 RAPTOR STEALTH FIGHTERS TO GET NEW DIGITAL HEAD-UP DISPLAY

The upgrade removes the conventional cathode ray tube image source and introduces a more advanced digital display solution

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 (USAF), replacing it with a completely digital version.

BAE’s HUD solution uses the company’s Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to produce a form, fit, and function HUD that will fit seamlessly into the F-22’s existing HUD space.

According to the company press release, the DLE package is compatible with any existing aircraft interface. Designed for mission effectiveness, the upgrade removes the conventional cathode ray tube image source and introduces a more advanced digital display solution. The digital technology offers increased reliability, eliminates high-maintenance and obsolete items, and provides a constant luminance performance.

“This new F-22 head-up display is a great example of how the F-22 industry team is integrating innovative technologies into the combat Raptor fleet,” said Ken Merchant, vice president of the F-22 program at Lockheed Martin. “This directly supports our ongoing efforts to deliver affordable and reliable new capabilities to our Air Force customer and warfighters.”

The F-22 Raptor is the USAF premier fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions allowing full realization of operational concepts vital to the 21st century Air Force.

The F-22 is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances and defeat threats attempting to deny access to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

Source: BAE Systems, U.S. Air Force; Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. Jason Robertson and Senior Airman Christopher L. Ingersoll / U.S. Air Force

Artwork courtesy of AircraftProfilePrints.com

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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