A-4M Lockheed Fighting Hawk Color Video HUD Camera by Photo-Sonics

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United States of America

Photo-Sonics Inc
9131 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

The A-4M Color Video HUD Camera is an intelligent mix of Mil-Standard and commercial off-the-shelf components. Camera electronics incorporate extensive filtering to provide noise-free and exceptional image quality using aircraft power. No aircraft modifications are necessary and the unit uses existing electrical connectors and mounting provisions. The camera assembly is designed around a single unit construction and is easily installed and boresighted.


The camera assembly, consisting of a periscope and color camera, is mounted on the HUD in the cockpit so that it records what the pilot is viewing and the symbology from the HUD. The camera converts the received optical images into electrical video signals and can output the video signals to an on-board Video Cassette Recorder.


The Event Mark switch, on the left side of the camera, actuates the EM in the VCR.




 Automatic Exposure Control (AEC)

19 F-Stop Dynamic Range Lens

Automatic Gain Control (AGC)

Y/C Component Video Output

Event Mark (EM) Actuator

High TV Resolution


General Specifications        


Automatic Exposure Control (AEC) with lens iris

Automatic Gain Control (AGC) - on/off

Event mark actuator

28 VDC input power

Internal or external sync

Pickup device - Interline-transfer hyper HAD CCD, 1/2”

Horizontal resolution:

          NTSC - 470 TV lines // PAL - 460 TV lines

Picture elements:

          NTSC - 768(h) x 494(v)

          PAL -752(h)x582(v)

S/N ratio:

          NTSC  >48dB // PAL  >-46dB        

Sensitivity - 2000 Lux at f/5.6

Minimum sensitivity - 4.5 Lux at f/1.2

Shutter speeds - 1/60th second, 1/1000 second,

   flickerless, and CCD iris (AEC)

Gamma - 0.45/1

White balance - ATW, 3200K, 5600K, and Manual

Video formats - Y/C component and NTSC composite

Weight - less than 2 lbs

Mean-Time-Between-Failure - 30,000 hours

12 month warranty


Environmental Specifications       


Operating Temperature       -25°C to +71°C

Storage Temperature          -55°C to +80°C

Altitude                                 43,000 feet

Over Pressurization             -15,000 feet

Humidity Operating             +90% RH, 60 degrees C, 2 hours

Humidity Storage                 48 hours (2, 24-hour cycles)

       95% RH, +50 degrees C, 6 hours

       85% RH, +38 degrees C, 16 hours

Vibration                              Random, 6 G rms, 5 minutes duration

Shock                                  9 Gs, 11 msec., 1/2 sine wave, 3 axes

Acceleration                         Lateral (Nx) - 6 Gs

                                             Longitudinal - 6 Gs

                                             Normal (+Nz) - +8 Gs

                                             Normal (-Nz) - 6 Gs


Optical Specifications         


Lens Focal                    FOV                Degrees            FOV                Milliradians           Application

   Length                    Horizontal           Vertical          Horizontal              Vertical         


16.42mm, f1.4              22.06                16.63               384.9                    290.3              HUD-Special


P/N 93-2000-100

Defense Products & Services: A-4M Lockheed Fighting Hawk Color Video HUD Camera by Photo-Sonics
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Defense Products & Services Sectors: Television cameras, airborne
Description: A-4M Lockheed Fighting Hawk Color Video HUD Camera
Source of Information: Photo-Sonics Inc