Background

LFD designs, develops, manufactures and repairs an extensive range of innovative lighting equipment for use with night vision goggles on aircraft and ground vehicles. Full consultation with end users at the design stage ensures optimal operational effectiveness.

LFD Limited was set up in 1989 in Gosport, Hampshire and rapidly acquired a market leading position for the supply of covert and visible lights to military aircraft customers on both fixed and rotary wing platforms. Later developments include a range of LED-based aircraft anti-collision lights, including the world’s first 2000 candela white LED unit for the AW159 Wildcat Lynx helicopter. In 2004 LFD became the UK distributor for Luminator NVG aircraft external lighting products.

Timeline

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1989

1989

LF Design formed
1990

1990

Moved into Victory Business Centre, Gosport
1992

1992

Contract for Brightstar II & III IR helicopter landing lights - fitted to UK Chinook, Lynx, Gazelle & Sea King fleets
1993

1993

Became a limited company, LFD Ltd.
1995

1995

Gained ISO9001 certification with BSI
1997

1997

IR LED anti-collision lights fitted to Harrier and Tornado
1997

1997

Purchased Gosport site
2000

2000

Contract for Chinook LED lighting suite
2001

2001

Contract for F18 LED lighting suite in Spain
2001

2001

LED lighting suite for MD500 helicopter
2001

2001

LED lighting suite for Aermacchi MB339
2002

2002

Expanded Gosport site
2003

2003

LED lighting suite for Sea King helicopter
2005

2005

LED lighting suite for BK117 helicopter
2006

2006

LED lighting suite for EC120 helicopter
2006

2006

First to fit LED navigation lights to a fixed wing aircraft - UK Tornado
2006

2006

Patented reverse voltage single wire drive to dual mode light
2007

2007

LED lighting suite for air to air refuelling pods
2007

2007

LED lighting suite for Mi17 helicopter
2008

2008

LED lighting suite for AW159 Future Lynx helicopter
2009

2009

LED lighting suite for MCSP Merlin helicopter upgrade programme
2010

2010

Purchased Mellish Precision Engineering, Segensworth
2011

2011

Highest output LED anti-collision light in the world - AW159 programme
2012

2012

Contract for design of lighting suite on C160 fixed wing transport aircraft
2012

2012

New electronic assembly facility set up at Segensworth
2013

2013

Universal cockpit dimmer box developed
2014

2014

LFD celebrated its 25th anniversary
2015

2015

Gooseneck light developed
2016

2016

LFD Move to Zenith House

Expansion

In 2010 LFD acquired Mellish Precision Engineering in Segensworth to further enhance its manufacturing capability. Under LFD ownership MPE rapidly gained AS9100 Rev C (BS EN 9100:2009) quality certification. Following significant investment in both machining and assembly facilities all LFD production operations were transferred to the Gosport site.

In 2014 MPE was formally merged with LFD and in 2017 all functions, including head office, design, machining, assembly and repair were combined in one facility at Zenith House, Gosport. The company operates an AS9100 certified quality management system. A copy of the AS9100 certificate may be downloaded here.

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Key Customers

  • UK MOD
  • AgustaWestland
  • Cobham
  • Airbus Helicopters
  • Finnish Defence Forces
  • Norwegian DLO
  • Danish Defence
  • German MOD
  • Italian MOD
  • Ultra Electronics
  • Control Products Corp
  • Luminator
  • ADP
  • Fokker Elmo
  • Sener
  • BAe Systems
  • Raytheon
  • Selenia 2000
  • Britten Norman
  • CLS
  • Aermacchi
  • NAMSA
  • Boeing
  • Vector
  • Paramount Panels