The US Navy placed a $347 million order to replace the F-35 helmets, to adopt OLED microdisplays in the new design

According to reports, the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command has placed a $347 million order with Lockheed Martin for a specialized helmet for pilots of the F-35 fighter jet. The new helmet, developed in collaboration between Collins Aerospace and Elbit Systems, will feature an OLED microdisplay, to replace the currently-used LCDs.

F-35 helmet HMD photo

In 2018, we reported that the current F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet uses an LCD microdisplay (produced by Kopin), which suffers from a green glow (from the LED backlighting) that prevents pilots from seeing a carrier's lights at night. In addition, the current LCD display suffers from optical blooming - light that spills from lit pixels to their adjacent area. Following these issues, the US Navy started testing OLED microdisplays to replace the LCD.


Last year eMagin announced that it is the supplier of the new F-35 OLED microdisplays to Collins Aerospace.

Lockheed Martin is expected to complete the current $347 million order by December 2026. 

Posted: Aug 31,2023 by Ron Mertens