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Kopin to Provide Extra Liquid Crystal Shows for US F-35 Pilot Helmets

The US Division of Protection has awarded optical options developer Kopin a $3.4-million contract to ship further high-brightness liquid crystal shows for F-35 pilot helmets.

A $4.8-million settlement for the gear was additionally signed in Could 2022.

The orders assist the nation’s ongoing Joint Strike Fighter program that may finally exchange present fight jets within the US armed forces.

Kopin’s Microdisplays

A number of F-35 functionalities are utilized by means of augmented actuality or AR helmets. This gear leverages Kopin’s microdisplay that initiatives tactical, flight, and sensor information.

The corporate has hundreds of microdisplays for F-35 pilot helmets and stays the part’s solely provider because the program’s launch.

Kopin is anticipated to provide the expertise for the rising fighter fleet till the initiative’s finish in 2030.

“This follow-on order extends our backlog of scheduled deliveries into the fourth quarter of 2024, offering regular manufacturing,” Kopin Technique & Enterprise Growth VP Invoice Maffucci said.

“As the only supplier of shows to the F-35 manufacturing program, we profit from our sturdy relationship with the DOD in acquiring priceless suggestions, which we leverage to constantly enhance our show expertise.”

“This suggestions and the enhancements have implications for the F-35 program in addition to for different applications which might be in improvement.”

A US Air Pressure F-35A Lightning II refuels from a KC-10 Extender. Picture: US Air Pressure/Workers Sgt. Chris Drzazgowski