Tuesday, April 16, 2024

BAE Systems unveils compact HUD for commercial and military aircraft

BAE Systems has launched the LiteWave lightweight head-up display (HUD) that is designed to be easy to install in the cockpits of a wide variety of commercial and military aircraft.

The LiteWave is a 15 lb (6.8 kg) laptop-sized electronics package that can be installed in 20 hours, even in very space-constrained cockpits. The HUD mounted above the pilot’s head presents critical information, such as direction, altitude, and speed, directly in their line of sight.

This all-new solution not only enhances pilot awareness but is up to 70% smaller in size and weight when compared to other products on the market. This makes LiteWave an option for nearly any aircraft, even those with the smallest of cockpits. It’s also up to 80% faster to install, and its simple design makes maintenance quicker and cheaper.

BAE Systems extended a 1365 x 1024-pixel transparent display unit from this electronics package, providing a 30° x 20° field of view while providing the pilot with key information, including bearing, altitude and speed.

LiteWave is powered by BAE Systems‘ revolutionary, patented waveguide technology. It can be easily adjusted to suit any individual flying position and allows the pilot to maintain excellent situational awareness, even during poor weather or at night.

The device offers the largest eye-motion box of any HUD available, which means pilots are able to move more freely in their seats without the risk of losing sight of the display. This freedom of movement allows you to maintain comfort and not be stuck in one position, especially important on longer flights.

“LiteWave can be fitted into virtually any cockpit in the world,” said Lee Tomlinson, director of HUD products at BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems business. “Our engineers have created a digital display that is smaller, lighter, and uses less power than any other Head-Up Display. It has the potential to revolutionize the market and make HUD technology far more accessible.”

LiteWave marks the next stage in bringing state-of-the-art digital technology to the marketplace and is now available to begin flight trials for future customers on commercial and military aircraft.