F-16A/B/ADF HUD Camera by Photo-Sonics

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United States of America

Photo-Sonics Inc
9131 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

This Color Video HUD Camera is an intelligent mix of Mil-Standard and commercial-off-the-shelf components and operates successfully on both the A/0A-10A and F-16A/B/ADF HUDs. The camera system provides the unique features and reliability of a full Mil-Standard camera without the high cost.


The camera assembly is mounted on top of the HUD directly behind the combining glass so that it records precisely what the pilot sees including the outside world and the HUD symbology. The camera converts the optical images into electrical video signals for output to an on-board video recorder or transmitter.


The camera electronics incorporate extensive filtering to provide exceptional, noise-free, image quality using aircraft power.  The A/0A-10A HUD camera has a proven track record with over 11 years of operation on the A/0A-10A aircraft in the USAF, the ANG and the AFRES.


Special Features      


EXPOSURE LOCK - Maintains proper exposure of target during pull up.

EVENT MARK - Gray for both day and night operation - can be quickly disabled for installations that utilize a VCR having the event mark incorporated.

HIGH RESOLUTION - Up to 470 Lines.

AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE CONTROL - 19 f-stop dynamic range.

AUTOMATIC GAIN CONTROL - 6 f-stop dynamic range.

EASY MAINTENANCE - Output signals are available on the single interface camera connector which can fault isolate down to the SRU without the need to disassemble camera.

POWER - Built-in circuitry to enable power supply on PCB to be changed from 115 VAC to 28 VDC.     




Automatic Exposure Control with lens iris

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

Visual event mark

115 VAC, (85-265 VAC) 47-440 Hz, single phase

Internal or external sync

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 - 0.35 Lux

Minimum sensitivity - 4.5 Lux at f/1.2

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

   flickerless, and CCD iris (AEC), Off for A/0-10A, and F-16A/B/ADF

Automatic AGC

Gamma - 0.45/1

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

Video formats - Y/C component and NTSC composite

Weight - less than 2 lbs

12 month warranty (after installation)  


Environmental Specifications       


Operating Temperature       -25ºC to +71ºC

Storage Temperature          -55ºC to +80ºC

Altitude                                 43,000 feet

Over Pressurization             -15,000 feet

Humidity Operating             +90% RH, 60ºC, 2 hours

Humidity Storage                 48 hours (two 24 hour cycles)

        95% RH, +50ºC, 6 hours

        85% RH, +38ºC, 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


EMI / EMC Specifications


EMI Testing                          CE-02   Conducted Emissions

                                             RE-02   Radiated Emissions


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

 14.7mm, f1.4                  24.56                  18.55                  428.7                   323.7             HUD-Special

Defense Products & Services: F-16A/B/ADF HUD Camera by Photo-Sonics
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Defense Products & Services Sectors: Television cameras, airborne
Description: F-16A/B/ADF HUD Camera
Source of Information: Photo-Sonics Inc