Compact, Light and Easily Installed
BAE Systems has unveiled a new lightweight, compact Head-Up Display (HUD) for use in both commercial and military aircraft, the company announced on 4 May.
LiteWave is a laptop-sized HUD mounted above the pilot’s head, presenting critical information, such as direction, altitude and speed, directly in the line of sight. Being 70% smaller and lighter than a traditional HUD, LiteWave can be fitted in aircraft with severely limited cockpit space and is also up to 80% faster to install, with a simple design that makes maintenance quicker and cheaper.
Powered by revolutionary, patented waveguide technology, LiteWave 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. “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 revolutionise the market and make HUD technology far more accessible.”