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Military display market: update to fourth comprehensive edition
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Paper Abstract

The military display market is analyzed in terms of all fully electronic and many electro-mechanical displays used on combat platforms across all DOD Services. The military market for displays is defined by parameters such as active area, bezel-to-bezel measurement and technology. Other characteristics such as luminance, contrast ratio, gray levels, resolution, viewing angle, color, video capability, and night vision imaging system compatibility are noted. This study takes into account all displays that are either installed or funded for installation. In some cases, planned displays are also included. Display sizes having aggregate defense applications of 5,000 units or greater and having DOD applications across 10 or more platform fleets, are tabulated. The issue of size commonality is addressed where distribution of active area across platform fleets, individually, in groups of two through nine, and ten or more, is illustrated. Military displays are also analyzed by technology, where total quantities of such displays are broken out into CRT, LCD, AMLCD, EM, LED, Incandescent, Plasma and TFEL percentages. Custom, versus rugged commercial, versus commercial off-the-shelf designs are contrasted. High and low information content designs are identified. Displays for several high-profile military programs are discussed, to include both technical specifications and program history. This defense-wide study, an up-date to our paper delivered April 2006, documents 642 weapons system platforms comprising 1,194,199 displays in 1,217 sizes, of which 1,197 are direct-view and 20 are virtual-view. Defense display sizes range from 0.082 in..2 to 10,625 in.2 in 18 technologies, mostly flat panel display (FPD) technologies based on thin-film transistor active matrix liquid crystal displays (TFT AM LCD), with cathode ray tube (CRT) second and dropping rapidly. This paper provides an overview of the DOD display market, allowing government, academia and industry highlights of information provided in the "Military Display Market: Fifth Comprehensive Edition" technical report.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2009
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7327, Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics III, 732705 (9 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819897
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel D. Desjardins, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
James C. Byrd, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Darrel G. Hopper, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7327:
Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics III
John Tudor Thomas; Daniel D. Desjardins, Editor(s)

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