Alpha Jet HUD Video System by Photo-Sonics

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United States of America

Photo-Sonics Inc
9131 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

A Complete Video System Including Hud Video Camera, AVTR (Hi8), Ground Playback VCR (Hi8), Aircraft Wiring Harness, A/C Panel Modification, And Video System Test Set.



Color Video Camera Features       


Automatic Exposure Control with lens iris

Automatic Gain Control tied to lens iris

Adjustable air-to-ground exposure lock (0-10 sec)

Visual Event Mark viewable day or night

+28 VDC operating voltage, MIL-STD-704

Internal or external sync

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

Horizontal resolution:

        NTSC: 470 TV lines, 768(H) x 494(V)

        PAL:   460 TV lines, 752(H) x 582(V)         

S/N ratio:

             NTSC: > - 48dB

             PAL: > - 46dB

Sensitivity: 2000 Lux at f/5.6

Minimum sensitivity: .30 Lux at f/1.4, AGC-ON

Shutter speeds: 1/60th second, 1/100,000 second,

   flickerless (1/100), and CCD iris (AEC), Off

AGC: Automatic

Gamma: 0.45/1, Default .45

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

Video formats: Y/C component and NTSC composite   



Lens Focal                 FOV Vertical              Milliradians              HUD FOV

Length                          Degrees                     Vertical                  Coverage

14.7mm, f1.4                   18.5                          323.0              +15 mr. to –308 mr.


Video System Features       


AVTR located in rear cockpit for easy access for pilot

Hi8 Video Tape Format, 2 hours of record time

AVTR controlled by rear cockpit pilot at AVTR or remotely controlled on rear of video camera by the pilot

AVTR controls and labeling easily viewed and operated by rear seat pilot

ICS and UHF/VHF recording

Supplier-furnished cable assembly requires no electrical changes to the aircraft

Video camera receives power and control signals from the film camera connector

Aircraft instrument panel modified to include AVTR

Panel modification is the only change to the mechanical parts in the Alpha-Jet

Includes a Video System Test Set (VSTS) for LRU and SRU system fault isolation

High end video playback equipment furnished

High quality video monitor furnished

Includes 1st trial installation and Includes Installation and Operation Manuals, and Maintenance Tool Kit     


Environmental Specifications       


Operating Temperature     -40°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°C, 2 hours

Humidity Storage                 48 hours (two 24 hour cycles)

   95% RH, +50°C, 6 hours

   85% RH, +38°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


Part Numbers          


DESCRIPTION                                  PART NUMBER

Alpha-Jet VIDEO SYSTEM               93–2045

Alpha-Jet HUD CAMERA                  93–1050

AVTR, TEAC, V-80AB-FD                 6822

PLAYBACK, TEAC, V-800G-F           6824


WIRING HARNESS FOR VSTS         93-3096 & 93-3097


MAINTENANCE SET                          93-3102


This system replaces the Photo-Sonics, Inc. film camera (16mm-1VK) used in the Dornier version of the German Alpha-Jet.

Defense Products & Services: Alpha Jet HUD Video System by Photo-Sonics
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Defense Products & Services Sectors: Television cameras, airborne
Description: Alpha Jet HUD Video System
Source of Information: Photo-Sonics Inc