Curtiss-Wright Controls Introduces New 17” Skyquest™ AVDU-4300 its Highest Resolution Rugged Video Mission Display

Jan. 15, 2013

New 17” Skyquest™ AVDU-4300 Mission Display Delivers 1080p Resolution

LAINDON, UK – September 5, 2012 – Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions, a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced the newest member of its Skyquest™ family of rugged mission displays. The new Skyquest™ AVDU-4300 17” widescreen display provides full 1080p resolution for the best high definition imagery and is designed specifically for the demands of defense and law enforcement applications. With an array of digital and analog inputs the AVDU-4300 is easily connected to the market’s leading electro-optical turrets either directly or via one of Curtiss-Wright’s sophisticated video distribution units. For optimal user experience the display features hard bezel keys for core controls such as power and brightness, and soft-touch screen keys for customized functions such as video recorder control. For surveillance and navigation applications the AVDU-4300 supports optional touch screen control of digital moving maps and the display’s “quad screen” feature enables airborne or ground vehicle crew members to view up to four (4) live video images simultaneously.

“Our military and law enforcement customers are looking for large, high resolution, rugged video displays for their demanding airborne missions,” said Lynn Bamford, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. “For these applications our new 17” Skyquest™ AVDU-4300, with its HD 1080p resolution, delivers the ease of use, high quality viewing and rugged packaging they need.”

Ideal for Airborne Video Management

The Skyquest AVDU-4300 is the first member of a new generation of widescreen, high-resolution rugged mission displays from CWCDS. This display can operate in a standalone configuration, but reaches its full potential when integrated with a video distribution unit as a part of the Skyquest Video Management System (VMS).

The VMS is a market leading solution for airborne video management that enables complete control over all video signals in the system using bezel keys, soft-buttons or discrete control panels. Multiple video sources, displays and recorders are supported and constrained only by the number of outputs on the chosen distribution unit.

Advanced Mission Display Features

The Skyquest AVDU-4300 17" Mission Display is fitted with a full complement of the most desired features, including a resistive touchscreen and a built-in heater for operation in cold climates as standard. Two (2) or four (4) video feeds can be displayed simultaneously using the display’s picture-in-picture and quad-screen capability. The display supports multiple video inputs including HD-SDI and a day/night discrete switch for lighting mode changes.

Night Vision Goggle (NVG) filtering conforming to MIL-STD-3009 NVIS B is available as an option, in which case the display is fitted with a dual LED light source using white LEDs for full color daylight operations to deliver very high brightness for sunlight readability, and NVG filtered LED light at low levels for NVG operations.

The AVDU-4300’s bezel LEDs and key backlighting are NVG filtered as standard.

Skyquest AVDU-4300 Performance Features:

  • 1920x1080 native resolution
  • Very high brightness: 1000 cd/m2
  • Touchscreen operated soft keys (customized to requirements)
  • Hard bezel keys for core controls
  • Optically bonded glass for improved anti-reflective performance
  • Built in quad (x4) generation
  • Multiple video input formats
    • Video Inputs via D38999 connector:
      • 2 x Composite
      • 2 x Y/C
      • 1 x RGsB
      • 1 x VGA
      • HD Inputs
    • HD video inputs via BNC connectors
      • 2 x HD-SDI
  • Night Vision Goggle (NVG) filtering to MIL-STD-3009 NVIS B (optional)
  • Measures 430 x 300 x 62mm (16.9” x 11.8” x 2.4”)
  • Weight:  <6 kg (<13.2 lbs)

Click here for more information on the AVDU-4300 17" Mission Display.

Contact us today for more information on the new 17” AVDU-4300 HD Display, or to learn more about any of our Skyquest family of aerial surveillance products.

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. [email protected].

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: [email protected].

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.

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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