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TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

The TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC) is the modernized replacement for the Optical Relay Tube (ORT) located in the co-pilot/gunner (CPG) crewstation of the AH-64 Apache Helicopter.  The TEDAC presents the CPG with high resolution sensor video from the Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight (M-TADS) (known as "Arrowhead").

TEDAC replaces the ORT's small CRT display and direct view optics with a large 5" x 5" flat-panel cockpit display that utilizes active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) technology.  This higher resolution display improves the CPG's ability to engage targets while providing greater situational awareness and more survivable space in the cockpit.

In comparison to the ORT, TEDAC provides substantially higher reliability. Moreover, its modular design and improved fault detection allow for simpler two-level support. These improvements reduce system maintenance and operational downtime by 50%. 

 

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

The TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC) assembly provides an enhanced co-pilot/gunner (CPG) crewstation interface to the Arrowhead Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/ Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64A/D. TEDAC replaces the legacy Optical Relay Tube (ORT). (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

TEDAC captures high-resolution Arrowhead sensor video on the co-pilot gunner’s flat-panel display and on the pilot’s helmet-mounted eyepiece. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

TEDAC’s streamlined modular design and improved fault detection decreases weight by 32%, volume by 33%, and required maintenance by 90% over the legacy optical relay tube. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

TEDAC’s active liquid crystal matrix display measures 5” x 5” and has 960 x 960 pixels for high-resolution imagery from Arrowhead’s new advanced FLIR targeting and navigation sensors. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

The TEDAC module is designed to be installed easily and rapidly in the Apache helicopter while in the field. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

TEDAC eliminates the old heads-down display and provides a single heads-up/eyes-out 5-inch-square flat-panel display. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC)

The TADS Electronic Display and Control (TEDAC) assembly provides an enhanced co-pilot/gunner (CPG) crewstation interface to the Arrowhead Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/ Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) on the AH-64A/D. TEDAC replaces the legacy Optical Relay Tube (ORT). (Photo by Lockheed Martin)