Army chooses turret imaging systems from Palomar for armored combat vehicle

U.S. Army combat vehicle experts needed binocular image control units for to meet a broad range of electro-optical turret applications for armored ground vehicles. They found their solution at Palomar Display Products in Carlsbad, Calif.

Jul 26th, 2017
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - U.S. Army combat vehicle experts needed binocular image control units for to meet a broad range of electro-optical turret applications for armored ground vehicles. They found their solution at Palomar Display Products in Carlsbad, Calif.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command in Alexandria, Va., announced a $9.3 million contract to Palomar for additional production quantities of the company's Binocular Image Control Unit (BICU).

Palomar's family of binocular displays delivers large virtual images in small, rugged, militarized enclosures. The company's BICU presents a very large virtual image from a very small real image at the designed focal length.

Palomar Display Products is supplying the U.S. Army with the Binocular Image Control Unit (BICU) for armored combat vehicles like the M1 Abrams main battle tank.

The total volume necessary for a binocular display is a fraction of the volume required to display a comparable image by a direct view flat panel display. It offers a brow pad on which users can place their heads at the proper distance from the binocular display and enables synchronized movement of the user and the display.

The Palomar BICU features a dual display; bright, large, high-quality images; small volume; wide field of view; high system optical magnification; and combat proven designs that are highly reliable in military vehicle environments. It has input power of plus-or-minus 15, plus 5, and plus 70 volts DC; power dissipation of 45 watts, more than 500 foot-lamberts of brightness, symbology compatible with the day site, 32.2-degree field of view with normal eye relief, and 40.8-degree field of view with no eye relief. The unit has built-in test, weighs 29 pounds, and meets military standards.

On this contract, Palomar will do the work in various locations, depending on each order, and should be finished by February 2020.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Palomar Display Products online at www.palomardisplays.com.

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