PHOTO: Newer, bigger display for F-16 cockpit

Raytheon announced today that the company has won a contract to install a large center pedestal display in F-16s owned by the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve. Here is the first image showing the 6 by 8in color display inside the cockpit.

Large-format, color displays could soon become essential for a key subset of the F-16 fleet. The US Air Force is considering whether to integrate active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars on the venerable ‘Viper’. Having the color display means the pilot would be able to use one of the inherent capabilities of the AESA radar — the simultaneous interleaving of air-to-air and air-to-ground scans.

There are two AESA radars in the undeclared competition for the F-16 AESA retrofit. The Raytheon advanced combat radar (RACR) is competing against the Northrop Grumman scalable agile beam radar (SABR). Northrop, by the way, offered a competing center pedestal display using Honeywell technology, but lost.


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3 Responses to PHOTO: Newer, bigger display for F-16 cockpit

  1. kn 2 November, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Who is going to upgrade the display in my Falcon 4.0 F-16?

  2. Surfcaster 3 November, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    “Who is going to upgrade the display in my Falcon 4.0 F-16?”

    Looks like someone already did.

    Not for nothing but that image is clearly from someone’s simulator. Not sure if it is Willy’s down the street or Maverick’s down at the local ANG Unit. However I have the same Thrustmaster Cougar Joysticks collecting dust under my PC from the odd fight/flight sims I no longer have time to play.

    On a side note gamers can now get programmable MFD displays for their “Simpits”.

  3. Prasoon shrestha 26 March, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Central display will be colour display but will the side will be colour display too?

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