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BAE Systems and Fotoniks Develop Head-Up Display Technologies

Compact, low profile,  LiteHUD™ (left)  next to an F-16 HUD
'HUDs-off to Turkey'

BAE Systems and Turkish technology company Fotoniks have announced an agreement to collaborate on the development and in-region delivery of aircraft display systems. As part of the agreement, Fotoniks will work to integrate BAE Systems’ LiteHUD® Head-Up Display (HUD) into the HUD system for the Hürkuş basic training aircraft.  The two companies will further develop the HUD system at the Fotoniks facility in Ankara, Turkey, for the local and regional market.

“In today’s defense and aerospace environment, having the ability to work with an established in-country or in-region company is essential not only for us but for the end user, especially when it comes to repair and sustainment,” said Jim Garceau, deputy general manager of Communications and Control Solutions at BAE Systems. “Working together with Fotoniks, we have the opportunity to bring the HUD system to full-scale production and sell it as an indigenous capability to allied forces across the region.”

Designed using BAE Systems’ patented waveguide technology, LiteHUD is 60 percent smaller by volume and up to 50 percent lighter than a conventional HUD. It has a modular design which allows easy integration into both existing and future cockpits, such as the Hürkuş platform.

“Working collaboratively with BAE Systems locally brings so many benefits to Turkey, including technology transfer, the potential for further job creations, and sustainment within the region,” said Cem Yazicioğlu, general manager at Fotoniks. “Being able to further co-develop this technology in Turkey was important to our decision to work with BAE Systems.”

BAE Systems has been a leader in HUD development and production for more than 50 years, a position gained through continuous investment in technology and innovation. The company has produced over 14,000 head-up displays which have been in service on over 50 different aircraft types in more than 50 countries around the world. BAE Systems displays perform on some of the most advanced and demanding military aircraft, which will now include the Turkish Air Force’s Hürkuş platform.

About BAE Systems, Inc.
At BAE Systems, Inc., we design and deliver advanced defense, aerospace, and security solutions that keep our customers at the forefront of modern technology. Our pride and dedication show in everything we do, from innovative electronic systems to intelligence analysis and cyber operations, from combat vehicles and weapons to the maintenance and modernization of ships, aircraft and critical infrastructure. BAE Systems, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Va., is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. For more information visit www.baesystems.comand follow @BAESystemsInc on Twitter.

About Fotoniks
Fotoniks is a 100 percent Turkish-owned private company founded in 2010.  Fotoniks offer products, research and development, design, production and life cycle support of electronics including Turkish manufactured HUDs and electro optical products for the defence industry.

For further information, please contact:

Di Francis, BAE Systems
Tel: +44 7793 421 635 
di.francis@baesystems.com
www.baesystems.com

Cem Yazicioğlu, Fotoniks
Tel: +90 532 443 55 55
cem@fotoniks.com.tr
www.fotoniks.com.tr/en/ 

Ref. No. 063/2015