Military displays and monitors are used for a wide variety of applications in headquarters and operation planning rooms. They are available in a range of sizes and may be able to display full HD, 4K or 8K imagery. Video signal inputs may include RGB, VGA, SVGA, DVI, HDMI and other analogue and digital signals.
Military monitors may be standalone or use a panel mounting system. They may incorporate touchscreen technology, and be specially designed to be sunlight-readable and have anti-glare coatings. The monitors may also incorporate extra buttons and switches that can be programmed with custom functions, as well as integrated audio speakers.
Technologies that military display systems are based on include OLED and LCD. OLED monitors do not require backlit displays to function, have better contrast ratios, consume less power and are thinner and lighter than LCD monitors, but are more expensive.
3D stereoscopic displays and monitors are also used for defense applications, including geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), UXO (unexploded ordnance) detection and clearance, and editing of LiDAR data for mapping and modeling. 3D monitors use goggles or glasses to provide an illusion of 3D, by providing separate offset 2D images to each eye thus resulting in the perception that the image has depth.
Other applications for military displays and monitors include mission planning, display of airborne and naval radar information, airspace coordination, and display or live feeds from aircraft and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) camera payloads.