Elbit Systems of America company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., was awarded a five-year, firm-fixed price contract valued at approximately $29 million by the United States Air Force (USAF) for logistics support of USAF's F-16 head-up display (HUD) electric module assemblies. The contract will be performed by Elbit Systems of America's subsidiary International Enterprises Industries, LLC in Talladega, Alabama.
"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."
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.
"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.
Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.
Date: Nov 11, 2014