Elbit Systems announced on Sunday that Elbit Systems of America has won a five-year contract worth up to $38.5 million from the United States Defense Logistics Agency to upgrade wide angle conventional (WAC) head-up display (HUD) modules in Block 30 and Block 50 F-16 jets of the U.S. Air Force. The displays take critical flight and mission data that is currently displayed on an instrument panel inside the cockpit and projects that information on a transparent surface directly in front of the pilot, allowing for "head out of the cockpit" and improved situational awareness.
The new design has fewer components, reducing energy consumption and extending the mean time between failures (MTBF). Elbit Systems of America President and Chief Executive Officer, Raanan Horowitz, said "We partnered with the U.S. Air Force to develop a solution which significantly reduces life cycle cost. This is especially important considering the budget pressures faced these days by the U.S. military."