There are a variety of displays that use light valve devices for controlling the color and intensity of the light forming an image. The purpose of the light valve is to modulate the available light as efficiently as possible to produce an image either for direct view or projection to a screen. Display types include classic oil film light valves, lead lantanum zirconium titanate (PLZT) devices, active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCDs), liquid crystal light valves (LCLV), the digital micromirror device (DMD), and acousto-optic (AO) modulated and scanned laser projectors. Traditional military applications of light valve devices include flight instruments, helmet mounted displays, fixed and mobile command and control/situation large screen displays, and simulator projectors. This paper addresses high performance applications of light valve display technologies, including applications, requirements, and characteristics for applications incorporating light valve devices.