F/A-18C/D/E/F and E/A-18G HUD Camera by Photo-Sonics

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United States of America

Photo-Sonics Inc
9131 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

The F/A-18C/D/E/F and E/A-18G, Head Up Display (HUD) camera is a new configuration operating on Lot XII and higher series F/A-18's.

Part Number 93 - 2040 - 400




The input connector to the camera utilizes the same connector type and the same pin function as the legacy camera.

The body of the camera is the same size and utilizes the same mechanical mounting provisions used on the legacy camera.

The GO indicator lamp is Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible.

The camera looks into the HUD-combining glasses and accurately records the HUD symbology and outside world, permitting accurate recording of “what the pilot saw.”

The new camera has been flown by the US Navy and the following enhanced features were noted:

            - Better color and higher resolution

            - FOV extended coverage including recording of all the azimuth heading numerics and the complete roll angle information in the Navigation mode.

            - Intended low-light level coverage including night recording

            - Two Built-In Test (BIT) features           


General Specifications        


Automatic Exposure Control with lens iris

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

Visual event mark, completion of GRD

115 VAC, 85 to 265 VAC, 47-440 Hz, Single Phase “C”

Pickup device: Interline-transfer hyper HAD CCD, 1/3”

Horizontal resolution:

          - NTSC: 470 TV lines

Picture elements:

          - NTSC: 768(h) x 494(v)

S/N ratio:

          - NTSC: >-48dB         

Sensitivity: 2000 Lux at f/11.00

Automatic AGC

Minimum sensitivity: 0.975 Lux AGC-On

Shutter speeds: 1/60th second, flickerless, and CCD iris (AEC), Off for F-18

Gamma: 0.45/1

White balance: ATW

Video formats: Y/C component and NTSC composite (NTSC used on F-18)

Weight: 2 lb 6 oz

12 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).

EMI: RE-102, CE-102, RS-103 including video during radiation.       


Optical Specification           


   FOV                           Degrees                     FOV                Milliradians               Application

Horizontal                     Vertical                    Horizontal             Vertical         


   22.06                          16.63                         384.9                  290.3                     HUD-Special

                                                                                                                                    Boresighted to all

                                                                                                                           US Navy requirements

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Description: F/A-18C/D/E/F and E/A-18G HUD Camera
Source of Information: Photo-Sonics Inc