Elbit USA Supplying WAC-HUD EMA Upgrades to USAF F-16s
Elbit Systems of America, LLC in Fort Worth, TX has been producing F-16 related components for over 2 decades; indeed, that’s how the US subsidiary got its start in the aviation market. It wasn’t a huge stretch, as Israel’s F-16s contain a lot of Israeli electronics. That expertise has translated into service and export sales, including production in and for the F-16’s original home market.
Elbit Systems of America, LLC recently announced a $38.5 million, 5-year, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity from the US Defense Logistics Agency-Ogden, with $3 million in initial orders. In return, they’ll supply Electronic Module Assemblies (EMA) for Wide Angle Conventional Head- Up Displays (WAC-HUDs), to equip all USAF F-16C/D Block 30 and Block 50 cockpits. Elbit says that their new design is the result of a partnership with the USAF, adding that the result reduces total part count, lowers power consumption, and significantly improves mean time between failures (MTBF). All of which translates into lower life-cycle costs.