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In 2013, after a lengthy vetting process, Argon was selected to supply the 21.3" rugged display for the AWACS Console Displays.

ARD21, Applied in the AWACS Program


Among many differentiators, Argon was able to establish a competitive edge by providing a prototype in two months. But this was not just any prototype. The requirements were to provide a lower power, LED backlit 21.3" unit, with excellent EMI performance. At that time there was only one supplier of such an LCD and it was not yet in production. Argon was able to secure a number of pre production LCD's and integrate it into a unit, then deliver that unit for evaluation andqualification testing. The unit passed all initial testing, including a key test - RE-102 with performance exceeding customer expectations.

The ARD21 provides about half the weight, half the depth and consumes half the power of similar units. All while maintaining the largest viewable area for 19" rack mounting on the market today.


The LCD is in the growth phase of its life cycle, ensuring availability for years to come. Argon can provide this model with a wide variety of video inputs, including VGA, DVI, RS-170, S-Video and 5 wire BNC (RGB/HV). Among other environmental tests the unit has been 901D qualified for navel shipboard use.

The ARD21 has been in full production since 2014 and has become the display of choice for C4ISR 19" rack mount, 8/9U high applications.