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​BAE to upgrade HUD on UAE F-16 fleet

Lockheed Martin has tapped BAE Systems to upgrade heads-up displays (HUD) for the United Arab Emirates F-16 Block 60 fighters.

The work will see the aircraft's existing cathode ray tube projector with a digital projector, says BAE in a statement.

“To the naked eye, the pilot sees no difference in performance when our Digital Light Engine HUD is installed," says Andy Humphries, director of advanced Optics at BAE Systems. "It retains the existing optics, video camera, and control panel."

“The real difference is the significant cost savings our customer will experience over the product’s life cycle as a result of reduced maintenance and spares requirements.”

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the UAE air force operates 78 F-16 Block 60s.

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