19 Sep 2017

BAE Systems’ LiteHUD head-up display makes first flight

BAE Systems’ LiteHUD® head-up display (HUD) has hit a significant milestone as it took part in its maiden flight.

Its first voyage took place on a US Special Operations Command AC-130J aircraft, followed by flights on Textron’s Scorpion jet and BAE Systems’ Advanced Hawk demonstrator aircraft.

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.

Since its inception, 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.

Designed using BAE Systems’ patented optical waveguide technology, LiteHUD is 60% smaller by volume and up to 50% lighter than conventional head-up displays. The system is engineered to enhance situational awareness in both day and night conditions, which significantly improves flight safety and reduces pilot fatigue. Its modular design, which includes a built-in colour camera, enables seamless integration with both existing and future cockpits.

Andy Humphries, Director of Advanced Displays at BAE Systems: “LiteHUD’s achievements in the last year are reinforced by these successful flights and the positive feedback we’ve received from our customers.

“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.”

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