Mercury Systems Secures $83 Million Contract to Deliver Advanced HUD Systems for T-45 Goshawk Training Aircraft

T45 Goshawk NAVAIR training aircraft

Mercury Systems, a technology provider for aerospace and defense missions, has been awarded a significant five-year contract by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. The contract, valued at up to $83 million, is to deliver state-of-the-art, high-definition, digital head-up display (HUD) systems for the T-45 Goshawk training aircraft.

Source: Mercury Systems

As part of this program, Mercury Systems plans to supply nearly 300 HUD systems, with an initial production order worth $45 million. The T-45 Goshawk, a tandem-seat jet trainer, serves as a crucial platform for training Navy and Marine Corps aviators to fly advanced fighter jets such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-35 Lightning, EA-18G Growler, as well as tactical airborne early warning aircraft like the E-2 Hawkeye. Leveraging Mercury’s low-profile HUD design, the new T-45 HUD integrates an innovative camera system, minimizing pilot discomfort, enhancing situational awareness, and optimizing the aviator’s field-of-view. It meets the stringent DAL-A certification standards, ensuring its suitability for critical flight operations, including aircraft carrier landings.

Traditionally, pilots have had to process a vast amount of rapidly changing data while in flight, often necessitating a shift in attention from the skies to various instruments. Mercury’s advanced HUD in the T-45 addresses the obsolescence challenges faced by the aircraft, ensuring that pilots are trained in a realistic operational environment. This modern HUD system overcomes the limitations of older analog HUDs, which are bulky, out of production, and incompatible with the enhanced vision systems used in contemporary fighter jets. The integration of Mercury’s HUD also aligns with forthcoming T-45 avionics upgrades.

Resolution1080p video with high-resolution symbology
Contrast RatioHigh contrast ratio
Total Field of View (TFOV)>240 degrees
Brightness RangeAdjustable brightness from 0.03fL to >2200 fL
Night-Vision CapabilityNVIS capable for clear and crisp imagery in direct sunlight and at night
DAL-A CertificationCertifiable to function as a primary flight display
Digital Light Engine (DLE) TechnologyIntegrated SoC supports enhanced vision systems and can be updated for new interfaces
Low-Profile Waveguide OptionAccommodates large area displays to minimize pilot discomfort
Non-Obstructive CameraRecords live video overlaid with symbology for debriefing and training purposes
RuggednessMIL-STD 810G compliant and designed for durability
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)8,000 hours MTBF to lower the risk of failure and lifecycle maintenance costs
Minimal Component DesignBuilt with fewer components for simplified maintenance
Mean Time to RepairNo more than 30 minutes for repairs
Startup TimeQuick 1-minute startup time
CoolingConduction and convection cooled for optimal performance
Source: Mercury Systems