This paper presents the development, the achievements and the performance of a Multipurpose Color Display (MPCD)
and an Up-Front Control Display (UFCD) for the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. Each subassembly of the two displays is
described including design trade-offs, problems encountered during the development and selected solutions.
Technological achievements are highlighted such as an LED backlight, an infra-red touch panel and the extremely
severe environmental conditions we had to meet. The final performance of the two displays significantly exceeds the
originally specified requirements.
Not less important, the paper describes achievements such as very fast development time, design to cost and the
outstanding cooperation between the companies involved in this development. The two displays were flying 18 months
after the start of the development at the full satisfaction of the pilots.