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May 6, 2015

BAE and Fotoniks partner to develop head-up display for Hürkus aircraft

BAE Systems has signed an agreement with Turkish technology company Fotoniks to develop and deliver in-region aircraft display systems.

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BAE Systems has signed an agreement with Turkish technology company Fotoniks to develop and deliver in-region aircraft display systems.

Under this partnership, Fotoniks will focus on the integration of BAE Systems’ LiteHUD head-up display (HUD) into the HUD system for the Hürkus basic training aircraft.

BAE Systems communications and control solutions vice-president Jim Garceau said: "In today’s defence and aerospace environment, having the ability to work with an established in-country or in-region company is essential not only for us but for the end-user, especially when it comes to repair and sustainment.

"Working together with Fotoniks, we have the opportunity to bring the HUD system to full-scale production and sell it as an indigenous capability to allied forces across the region."

"Working collaboratively with BAE Systems locally brings so many benefits to Turkey."

The companies will develop the HUD system for the local and regional market at the Fotoniks facility in Ankara, Turkey.

The LiteHUD head-up display is designed using BAE Systems’ patented waveguide technology. This HUD is 60% smaller by volume and up to 50% lighter than a conventional HUD.

In addition, it has a modular design that permits easy integration into both existing and future cockpits, such as the Hürkus platform.

Fotoniks general manager Cem Yazicioglu said: "Working collaboratively with BAE Systems locally brings so many benefits to Turkey, including technology transfer, the potential for further job creations and sustainment within the region."

BAE Systems has produced more than 14,000 head-up displays to date and the solutions are in service on more than 50 different aircraft types in more than 50 countries worldwide.


Image: BAE’s LiteHUD is 60% smaller by volume and up to 5% lighter than a conventional HUD. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.

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