IEE Contracts With Cubic Global Defense for Military Control Display Unit

3.5-inch AMLCD Display Integrated onto C-130J Aircraft CDU

VAN NUYS, Calif.--()--IEE, manufacturer of enhanced displays for military and industrial applications, was awarded a contract for a new 3.5-inch Control Display Unit (CDU) by Cubic Global Defense (CGD), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB). The 3.5” CDU provides an upgrade to the existing Personnel Locator System (PLS) CDU currently fielded on multiple aircraft platforms, including the Air Force C-130J fleet.

While the redesign of the CDU was initially prompted to eliminate parts obsolescence, the application of modern Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) processors also provides several industry standard interfaces that allow for future expansion and additional interoperability with other aircraft systems. The new 3.5” CDU provides full backward compatibility with the Control Display Sub-System (CDSS); but with the added Ethernet interface, comes new functionality that allows PLS output data to be displayed on the moving maps on external avionics displays.

The Cubic PLS’s low-cost integration opens up new opportunities to expand onto other rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. For example, the new system is also targeted for installation on legacy Blackhawk helicopters with obsolescence requirements.

“IEE is an expert in delivering the best value in form and fit replacement by modifying existing COTS products to meet legacy requirements,” said Tom Whinfrey, CEO of IEE Inc. “This greatly enhances the life cycle of the CDU, which is of utmost importance to our customers.”

IEE 3.5-Inch Display Technical Features:

  • 3.5” Color TFT AMLCD
  • QVGA (320 x 240)
  • Transflective
  • Sunlight Readable
  • 250 cd/m2 Luminance
  • 400:1 Contrast (Backlight On)
  • +/-80° Horizontal and Vertical Viewing Angles
  • ARM/DSP microcontroller architecture
  • Compatible with AN/AVS-6 (Gen III) Night Vision Goggles
  • Meets MIL-STD-3009, MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-810G.

About IEE:

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Industrial Electronic Engineers, IEE, is a trusted provider of enhanced displays for military, industrial and retail applications. From rapid prototyping of custom designs to full-scale production runs, IEE’s factory in Van Nuys, CA, produces innovative displays with advanced features like multi-mode backlighting, optically bonded touch screens and lightweight, ruggedized enclosures. IEE’s direct control of critical process steps reduces costs, decreases production lead times and improves life cycle management. IEE display products are found in virtually every environment and application worldwide. For more information call 800-422-0867 or visit

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Release Summary

IEE Wins Contract with Cubic Global Defense for a 3.5" AMLCD Control Display Unit (CDU) as an upgrade to the Personnel Locator System (PLS), fielded on the Air Force C-130J fleet and other platforms.

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