Raytheon wins $3.1m contract to upgrade USAF CDUs

Raytheon has won a contract to upgrade the Center Display Unit (CDU) of US Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard F-16 aircraft.

The initial contract value is $3.1m (£1.9m) for system integration and pre-production units, and includes options for production of up to 120 systems per year for five years.

The Raytheon CDU will replace multiple analogue flight instrument displays currently used in the F-16 cockpit with a single large-LCD colour display.

Advanced technology will provide pilots with new capabilities, including the ability to overlay data from both onboard and remote sensors on a digital moving map, video processing, and two-way data-link situational-awareness messaging.