F-15CD MSIP HUD Camera by Photo-Sonics

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United States of America

Photo-Sonics Inc
9131 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

The F-15C/D Multi Stage Improvement Program (MSIP), Head Up Display (HUD) camera is a new configuration working in conjunction with Video Improvement TCTO 1F-15-1481.


The camera looks directly into the HUD-combining glasses and accurately records the HUD symbology and outside world, permitting accurate recording of precisely what the “pilot sees” with no boresighting errors.    




Automatic Lens/Iris Exposure Control for Flickerless HUD Symbology Recording.

Increases resolution and color separation.

NO Over-the-Nose Vision Blockage compared to existing HUD camera.

Large Dynamic Light Range - 26.5 f-stops.

Extended low light level recording (.35 LUX).

Intended low-light level coverage including night recording.

Automatic Gain Control, S/N Ratio increases to –18dB, (6 full f-stops).

No mechanical changes to the aircraft, uses MSIP camera mounting.

Extended coverage of Field of View, 321 milliradians

Aircraft glare shield provided as part of camera.

Minimum changes to the aircraft.


General Specifications      


Automatic Exposure Control with lens iris

Large Dynamic Light Level Range

NO damage when looking directly at the sun

Input Power— +28 VDC.

Power Consumption less than 15 Watts

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

Horizontal resolution:

        NTSC: 470 TV lines

Picture elements:

        NTSC: 768(h) x 494(v)

S/N ratio:

        NTSC: >48dB   

Sensitivity: 2000 Lux at f/5.6

AGC: on/off (automatic), increases by 6 f-stops

Minimum sensitivity: 0.35 Lux AGC-ON

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

   flickerless, and CCD iris (AEC), Off for F-15 MSIP

Gamma: 0.45/1

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

Video formats: Y/C component and NTSC

   composite (NTSC used on this configuration)

Weight: 2 lb 6 oz

18 month warranty


Environmental Specifications *     


Vibration (non-gunfire) random/sine low frequency region V-FF-3. Perform vibration. Equipment was operating and monitored during testing.

Vibration (gunfire) sine test schedule (total time each axis – 150 min)

Vibration (gunfire) sine test levels. Perform sine vibration. Total time in each axis was 150 minutes.

Vibration (non-gunfire) random test levels. Perform endurance levels 120 minutes each axis. Equipment was operating and monitored during testing.

Service shock (longitudinal, vertical and lateral). Perform 6 total shocks, 3 in each direction for each test. Figure 4-3.2: Service shock test requirements / Shock response spectrum region S-FF-2.

Crash safety (Perform crash safety per Fig 4-5). Crash test requirements / All shock regions.

Thermal non-operating thermal cycling: -57°C. Dwell for a period of 2 hrs. Raise the temperature to +125°C and dwell  for 16 hrs.

Operating thermal cycling: -40°C. Dwell for a period of 2 hrs. Raise the temperature to +71°C and dwell for 16 hrs.  Raise the chamber temperature to +85°C and dwell for 30 minutes.

Thermal shock: Perform thermal shock per MIL-STD-810C Method 503.1. Three thermal cycles from +71°C to –57°C  with a 5 minute maximum transfer time and a 4 hr dwell at each temperature plateau.

Altitude: Normal operating – test per MIL-STD-810F, Procedure 2. Reduce pressure at a rate not to exceed 2,000  Ft/min to an altitude of 50,000 ft. Dwell for a period of 1 hr.

Explosive decompression: Test per MIL-STD-810F, Procedure 4. Reduce chamber pressure to 2,437 m (8,000 ft), then in <0.1 seconds reduce pressure to an altitude of 12,192 m (40,000 ft). Maintain this pressure for 10 minutes.

Salt and fog: Test per MIL-STD-810F, Method 509.4. Perform 2 cycles of Salt fog of 24 hrs and 24 hrs drying per cycle.

Explosive atmosphere: Test per MIL-STD-810F, Method 511.4, Procedure 1 (operation in explosive atmosphere).


* Based on similarity to tests conducted on F/A-18/C/D/E/F


Optical Specifications         


Lens Focal                 FOV                Degrees             FOV                Milliradians       Application

  Length                  Horizontal            Vertical          Horizontal              Vertical         


14.77mm, f1.4          24.45                   18.46              426.7                   322.1            HUD-Special

Defense Products & Services: F-15CD MSIP HUD Camera by Photo-Sonics
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Defense Products & Services Sectors: Television cameras, airborne
Description: F-15CD MSIP HUD Camera
Source of Information: Photo-Sonics Inc