Elbit Systems scores $68 million military contract to supply OLED-equipped HUDs

By Lawrence Bonk on Oct 13 2010 - 5:09pm

Elbit Systems has been known for tinkering around in futuristic dystopian land. They have been tooling around with an actual killer robot for some time now. Now the company has received a hefty contract to continue work on their other, non-murderous, lovechild. Their series of OLED-equipped HUDs.

The company reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense, which will see it provide the Army, Navy, Marines Corps and Coast Guard with its AN/AVS-7 heads-up display system components. Details are scarce. Something about “on a need to know basis and you are just a lowly tech blogger and have negative clearance.” Oh well.

We do know that the HUD uses an OLED display made by eMagin. The use for these massively powerful HUDs? A company rep says they are to “increase situational awareness and safety by allowing pilots to fly ‘head out of the cockpit’ during day and night operations.”

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Elbit Systems specializes in making defense and security systems, ranging from systems for military aircraft and helicopters, to helmet mounted systems. Elbit Systems was founded in 1967, and is currently based in Israel.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence is an experienced tech writer whose work has appeared in various national and international publications. In addition to writing for the CrunchWear, he fields a weekly tech column with Metro newspapers in NYC, Philadelphia and Boston. Additionally, his work has appeared in such varied sources as the Village Voice, the BBC and USA Today. Lawrence lives in Brooklyn, New York with an ornery cat.
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