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Applications of advanced display technology for dismounted combatants (Invited Paper)
Author(s): David C. Huffman
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Paper Abstract

Current military activity has made great use of small Special Tactics / Special Forces teams operating on the ground in forward areas of battle, directing Battlefield Air Operations (BAO), which include close air support, air traffic control management, and target identification and designation. A recent National Priority has been identified to improve the BAO Kit used by these Special Tactics Groups to reduce errors that may lead to unintended ground casualties. The primary objectives of the upgraded BAO Kit are to 1) improve the range and accuracy of target information; 2) eliminate opportunities for error in weapon delivery; 3) link target coordinate information directly into the weapons computer; and 4) reduce the weight carried by the warfighter by 50%. For these warfighters, L-3 Communications Display Systems and its technology partner, Universal Display Corporation, are utilizing advanced OLED display technology to create a powerful flexible display-based communication device. This will reduce the weight carried by the fighter by combining functions of the present computer, GPS equipment, and radio gear carried into the forward areas of battle. This will give the soldier a larger, higher resolution, increased battery life, and much lighter capability for the viewing of tactical information such as battlefield maps, GIS imaging data, command/control plots, and GPS-assisted navigational maps. Further integration of the device with voice and video messaging options will be explored. Both hand-held roll-up devices and wrist-worn devices are envisioned for the final product.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5801, Cockpit and Future Displays for Defense and Security, (25 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603452
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David C. Huffman, L-3 Communications Display Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5801:
Cockpit and Future Displays for Defense and Security
Darrel G. Hopper; Eric W. Forsythe; David C. Morton; Charles E. Bradford; Henry J. Girolamo, Editor(s)

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