New LED backlit version of the AVDU2655 display for night vision goggle applications

CWCDS is now offering a new dual backlight variant of its rugged Skyquest AVDU2655 10.4” LED display. It provides a very high brightness, full colour image readable in direct sunlight during daytime operations, and at the flick of a switch, a fully filtered display ideal for NVG operations. This performance enhancement makes the AVDU2655 display suited for use in defence, aerospace and law enforcement night flying applications where Night Vision Goggles (NVG) are required.

“The new NVG filtering capability offered in the AVDU2655 adds to the impressive performance on this product,” said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. “We are firmly committed to the evolution of the Skyquest display product line as part of the future growth of the business.”

The AVDU2655, initially introduced to the market in 2010, has been deployed in numerous aircraft platforms.  The display comes equipped with touchscreen control, two high definition (HD) inputs, multiple analogue inputs, and a serial interface to communicate with external devices such as moving maps, as standard. 

Traditional NVG filtering is achieved by fitting a filter to the full display area. This “bolt-on” filter approach dims the image and adds an undesirable green tint that is visible in both daytime and nighttime operations.  CWCDS’s Dual LED Backlit Skyquest displays eliminate the filter from the front of the screen. Instead, the filtering occurs in the backlight located behind the LCD.  A simple toggle switch enables the selection of either white daylight LEDs or green NVG-filtered LEDs which are integrated in the backlight within the display. This approach provides the user with complete control over the type of light emitted from the screen.  The result is a very high brightness, full colour image readable in direct sunlight during daytime operations and a fully filtered display ideal for NVG operations.

Dual LED Backlit Skyquest displays provide a number of significant advantages over older cathode tube technology. Because they use solid state devices instead of glass tubes, the LED displays are much more rugged because potential issues associated with the mounting of glass tubes and shock breakage are eliminated. Also, LED displays, which offer highly precise brightness control, enable the system integrator to create different lighting regimes for different application areas.

The AVDU2655 provides multiple video inputs including HD-SDI, composite video, S-Video (Y/C), RGB Video or STANAG 3350/B/C, maximizing compatibility with all leading brands of stabilized airborne camera systems and mapping systems.

The Curtiss-Wright’s Skyquest family of rugged video display provides a wide range of multi-function rugged LCD displays for use as part of the Skyquest VMS Video Management System for stand alone use. These displays are designed for use with FLIR and long range daylight video cameras, moving maps, computers and radar. The current range extends from 4” through to 20” units, with leading edge functionality including High Definition (HD) compatibility, multiple video inputs, VGA inputs, picture-in-picture facility, video freeze frame, digital zoom and optional quad-display and touchscreen.


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