Kopin has commenced the deliveries of Brillian Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) for the Common Helmet Mounted Display (CHMD) System that are used by the helicopter pilots of the US Army.

The Brillian AMLCDs are developed to produce enhanced images for HMD applications requiring extreme high brightness.

Kopin Government Programs vice-president Bill Maffucci said: “Delivery of production displays for the CHMD program is the culmination of a multi-year development effort to advance the capabilities of our AMCLD technology to meet the challenging requirements.

“Full-colour Brillian displays exhibit brightness levels greater than 34,000 nits (10,000 foot-lamberts) and typical contrast ratios above 500:1.

“While Kopin has a long history of providing high-performance monochrome displays for pilot helmets, these full-colour displays provide pilots with enhanced visual recognition of critical information.”

Currently, shipments for an initial order of $3.5m have commenced. According to the company, the programme can generate potential revenues of around $30m over several years.

Kopin CEO Dr John CC Fan said: “We continue to expand the boundaries of our display capabilities to provide our defence customers with the best possible equipment.

“A few years ago, a global defence company approached us to develop a superhigh-brightness, high-contrast colour display to convert monochrome pilot helmets to full colour.

“To meet the requirements, we developed an innovative process. It is so rewarding to follow the journey from a concept to design-in and now to production of Brillian displays.”

The CHMD system is used by helicopter pilots to gain situational awareness and increase their survivability in all flight conditions.

This see-through, high-definition, digital helmet-mounted display is used by pilots operating the US Army’s CH-47F Chinook and the UH-60L/M/V Black Hawk helicopters.