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Curtiss-Wright Controls Introduces Dual LED Backlit Version of the Proven AVDU2655 Multi-Function Display for Night Vision Goggle Applications

Skyquest(TM) 10.4" Displays Deliver High Brightness, Direct Sunlight Readability for Daylight Display and Night Vision Goggle Filtered Lighting for Night Flying With Advanced Dual Backlighting Technology (April 20, 2012)

ASHBURN, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/20/12 -- Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has announced the availability of a new advanced performance option that enhances demanding night flying and daylight display readability on a member of its industry leading Skyquest™ family of rugged displays for deployed airborne platforms. In line with its ongoing commitment to provide industry leading performance in the mission display market, CWCDS now offers a new dual backlight variant of its rugged Skyquest™ AVDU2655 10.4" LED display. The new dual backlight option provides a very high brightness, full color 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 ideal for use in demanding defense, 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 already impressive performance on this product," said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. "We continue to be 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 successfully deployed in numerous aircraft platforms. The display comes standardly equipped with touchscreen control, two high definition (HD) inputs, multiple analog inputs, and a serial interface to communicate with external devices such as moving maps.

Skyquest™ Dual LED Backlighting
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 color 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.

Multiple Video Input Support
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.

Skyquest™ AVDU2655 Display Performance Features

  • Multiple video inputs including VGA graphics and High Definition
  • Touchscreen for controlling moving maps (protocol dependent)
  • Split screen and Picture-in-Picture
  • Very High brightness LED display > 800Cd/m2
  • Can be used stand alone or part of an integrated Skyquest Video Management System

Rugged Video Displays
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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Sales & Editorial Contacts
For editorial information regarding Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions products or services, contact John Wranovics, public relations director, Curtiss-Wright Controls, Tel: (925) 640-6402; email:

Sales inquiries: Please forward all Sales and reader service inquiries to Jerri-Lynne Charbonneau, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, Tel: (613) 254-5112; Fax: (613) 599-7777; e-mail:

About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for defense applications. CWCDS serves as a technology and integration partner to its customers, providing a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions from modular open systems approaches to fully custom optimized solutions. Our unmatched capabilities and product breadth span from industry standard based COTS modules to complete electronic subsystems. The company's modules and systems are currently deployed in a wide range of demanding defense & aerospace applications including C4ISR systems, unmanned subsystems, mission computing, fire control, turret stabilization, and recording & storage solutions. Additionally, the company's broad engineering capabilities combine systems, software, electrical, and mechanical design expertise with comprehensive program management and a broad range of life-cycle support services. For more information visit

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit

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