Kopin begins shipments on production order for U.S. Army’s CHMD system


Kopin Corporation a leading provider of high-resolution microdisplays for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), announced it has recently started production deliveries of its new superhigh-brightness, full-color Brillian Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) for the Common Helmet Mounted Display (CHMD) System for the U.S. Army’s helicopter pilots. Kopin’s patented Brillian displays incorporate breakthrough advances in design and processing techniques to produce unsurpassed image performance in applications requiring extreme high brightness. Delivery is on-going on the initial order of $3.5 million and the company expects that the program’s potential revenues could be $30 million over several years.

“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,” stated Bill Maffucci, the company’s vice president of Government Programs. “Full-color 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-color displays provide pilots with enhanced visual recognition of critical information.”

The full-color CHMD is part of the U.S. Army’s Air Soldier System, used by helicopter pilots to provide both day and night enhanced situational awareness and survivability in all flight conditions. The CHMD is an advanced, see-through, high-definition, digital helmet mounted display (HMD) that supports the U.S. Army’s CH-47F Chinook and the UH-60L/M/V Black Hawk fleets.

“We continue to expand the boundaries of our display capabilities to provide our defense customers with the best possible equipment,” said Dr. John C.C. Fan, CEO of Kopin Corporation. “A few years ago, a global defense company approached us to develop a superhigh-brightness, high-contrast color display to convert monochrome pilot helmets to full color. 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.”

This press release was prepared and distributed by Kopin Corporation.

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