BAE Systems has been selected to modernise the head-up display (HUD) of the US Air Force's (USAF) F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft fleet.

Lockheed Martin has placed the order for a complete digital version of the HUD.

BAE Systems advanced displays director Andy Humphries said: “The F-22 is a premier fighter aircraft of the US Air Force, and its pilots deserve the most advanced situational awareness technology available today.

“We’ve worked closely with Lockheed Martin to deliver a completely modernised HUD solution for the F-22 fleet that meets the long-term needs of the Air Force.”

The contract requires BAE to use its advanced digital light engine (DLE) technology to implement a form, fit, and function HUD solution that integrates seamlessly into the F-22’s existing HUD space.

The DLE technology is compatible with any existing aircraft interface, BAE said in a statement.

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The upgrade would remove the conventional cathode ray tube image source and introduce a more advanced digital display solution.

The digital technology is said to offer increased reliability, eliminates high-maintenance and obsolete items, and provides a constant luminance performance.

"BAE anticipates receiving a follow-on production contract to retrofit the F-22 fleet’s current HUDs with the modern DLE solution."

BAE anticipates receiving a follow-on production contract to retrofit the F-22 fleet’s current HUDs with the modern DLE solution.

The Lockheed Martin-built F-22 Raptor combines sensor capability, integrated avionics, situational awareness, and weapons to provide first-kill opportunity against threats.

To date, the company has produced more than 15,000 HUDs that have been in service on more than 50 different aircraft types in more than 50 countries.

Image: The head-up display of the F-22 Raptor HUD. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.