Kopin Corporation has received an approximately $2.8 million follow-on order of its high-brightness Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. With the F-35 scheduled for production through 2030, Kopin expects additional orders over the life of the program.
The F-35 jet fighter is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather, day and night stealth, combat aircraft. The F-35 aircraft is designed to perform both air superiority and strike missions while also providing electronic warfare and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR). Much of the functionality is enabled through an advanced Augmented Reality (AR) helmet, which provides the pilot with critical flight, tactical, and sensor information for advanced situational awareness, precision and safety. The extensive functionality and extreme conditions require unique display technology and Kopin is the sole supplier to this production program.
“This order extends our backlog of scheduled deliveries into the third quarter of 2022 and is a testament to the quality of our display technology as the helmet in the F-35 is one of the most advanced augmented reality platforms in the world,” said Bill Maffucci, the Company’s Vice President of Government Programs.
“As the provider of displays to the F-35 production program since its inception, our cycles of learning on the program provide benefits to all of our products and programs. We are proud to be providing our defense customers with the best possible equipment.”
As the largest procurement program in the Department of Defense (DoD), the F-35 strike fighter aircraft is being procured in different configurations for multiple arms of the DoD, including the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Kopin has been the sole-supplier of microdisplays for the F-35 pilot helmets since the program inception with thousands of displays delivered to-date.