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Document ID:   DSP-CS-9       Scroll down to access document images

Overview
Title:  Army Tactical Vehicle Blackout Light
Scope:  Gaining military advantage often requires that military convoys move under the cover of darkness. Vehicles must operate with their standard headlights and taillights off, relying instead on blackout (BO) lights. Due to high failure rates, poor illumination reports from drivers in the field, and unreliability of the existing incandescent bulbs formally used, the Army sought to develop a LED blackout lighting system. This system increased visibility for drivers, eliminated notorious heat signature and had increased reliability. A development strategy which included complying with existing military and commercial standards to guarantee interoperability was then decided on by the Army. The outcome of this project resulted in four new LED lighting assemblies. Drivers can now see without being seen during blackout conditions, improving safety and effectiveness of convoy operations. In the long run, the Army will realize improved safety and training readiness, improved equipment readiness, better performance at lower unit cost, and lower inventory costs.
Status:  Active Document Date:        
STDZ Doc Category:   Defense Standardization Program Case Studies  

Responsibilities
Lead Standardization Activity:  SO  Executive Agent for the Defense Standardization Program  
  Preparing Activity: SO  Executive Agent for the Defense Standardization Program
Coordination:  Limited  

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