Leading the world in technology and facilities, Qioptiq provides
solutions to meet the individual requirements of civil and military
customers for cockpit displays and laser protection.
Outstanding expertise in optical and mechanical design, optical coating
and holography has earned the company a worldwide reputation for
innovation and excellence.
The company has a complete in-house capability to process the full range
of optical materials and to design, fabricate, polish, coat and mount
Qioptiq has a respected international reputation for the design and
manufacture of optical modules for Head-Up, Head-Level, Head-Down and
We have been designing and manufacturing optical modules for Head-Up
Displays (HUDs) for more than 30 years. Qioptiq now fulfils over 50% of
the world’s demand for HUD optical modules.
Systems are custom designed using in-house computer software for optical
designs, including conformal, non-conformal or powered holographic
optical elements (HOEs).
To meet the ever increasing demand for brighter, lighter and more
compact display modules, Qioptiq has fully exploited the use of plastic
technologies for both optical element and lens housing requirements and
pilot display visor coatings.
The company offers a total capability in HUD optical modules from the
initial design through to volume production.
Qioptiq has designed and manufactured over 17,000 Head-Up and Head-Down
Display optics for more than 30 aircraft types. In the military market
these currently include the C130, C17, F16, F18, F22, Mirage, Rafale,
Eurofighter Typhoon, Harrier AV8B, Hawk and Tornado.
For the civil aircraft market, modules are significantly different in
design, being roof mounted in most cases to complement the layout of the
flight deck, and capable of being extended and stowed, whilst
maintaining alignment with the pilot’s eyes and the outside world.
Qioptiq HUD optical modules are in-service with regional airlines in
Europe, and USA and for executive jets worldwide.
For helmet-mounted applications, the company has designed and
manufactured a variety of optical modules to satisfy the increasing
demand for lightweight, compact displays. These advanced systems include
airborne applications such as Tiger, for rotary wing and fixed wing for
Qioptiq is also recognised for its expertise in laser protection; its
capability extends from protection filters – optimised to integrate with
sensors and sighting systems – through to the volume manufacture of
spectacles, goggles and visors.
The company has led the field in the design, analysis, optimisation and
manufacture of advanced, high transmission Electro Optic Protection
Measures (EOPM) and devices for 20 years and is now a leading supplier
to the US defence market.
F16 Diffractive HUD
3 Hologram Diffractive Combiner
Field of View 30°A x 20°V
Provision for FLIR Display
1400 Produced to Date
In use on F16 (LANTIRN & Night Capable Variants)
In Service with USAF and Other NATO Countries
Eurofighter Typhoon and F22 HUD
Single Non Conformal Holographic Combiner
Field of View 30°A x 22°V
Provision for FLIR Display
Production Commenced in 2000
Over 300 produced to date
Single Conformal Holographic Combiner
Novel Single Handed Combiner Stowage Mechanism
Single and Dual graded Notched Combiner
Head Injury Criteria Breakaway Mechanism, single handed
Field of View: 40°H x 30°V
Multi Platform Installation
Over 150 Systems Built to date
Current platforms include 737, 747, MD80 Regional Jet
and Global Express
Vast Experience in the Design of Display Optics
Aspheric and Diffractive Optics
Lightweight Plastic Housings
Holographic and Reflective Patches on Plastic
Application of Technology to Future Integrated Soldier
Technology Programme (UK equivalent of USA Land Warrior)
Helmet Tracking Systems
Protection from visible to far infrared for fixed,
agile or broadband threats.
Wide range of hardware protecting ground and airborne
Over 15000 high transmission general purpose laser
goggles and 14000 aircrew visors and spectacles produced.
Solutions including dielectric, holographic coatings,
absorbing glasses, organic dyes and non-linear optical materials.
Expertise in deposition on polycarbonate lenses and
Tel: +44 (0)1745
Fax: +44 (0)1745 584258
Contact: Craig Taylor (Communications Manager)