Great expectations: BAE's new HUD

BAE Systems has unveiled a new lightweight, compact head-up display for commercial and military aircraft. Mark Broadbent reports

BAE Systems has designed LiteWave to offer reduced through-life costs as well as exceptional detail and clarity
Gary Weston/ BAE Systems; all other images BAE Systems unless stated.

Charles Dickens used descriptions of Rochester in Kent in The Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations, but another, much less famous, story comes from the Medway town.

Rochester is home to BAE Systems Electronic Systems, which produces various advanced cockpit technologies, from avionics for Boeing and Airbus commercial aircraft to head-up displays (HUDs) and helmet-mounted displays for military aircraft, including the Striker II and Active Inceptor for the F-35 Lightning II. The latest innovation from the facility is LiteWave, a laptop-sized HUD mounted above the pilot’s head that presents critical flight information such as direction, altitude and speed directly to the pilot’s line of sight.

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