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.
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1989LF Design formed
1990Moved into Victory Business Centre, Gosport
1992Contract for Brightstar II & III IR helicopter landing lights - fitted to UK Chinook, Lynx, Gazelle & Sea King fleets
1993Became a limited company, LFD Ltd.
1995Gained ISO9001 certification with BSI
1997IR LED anti-collision lights fitted to Harrier and Tornado
1997Purchased Gosport site
2000Contract for Chinook LED lighting suite
2001Contract for F18 LED lighting suite in Spain
2001LED lighting suite for MD500 helicopter
2001LED lighting suite for Aermacchi MB339
2002Expanded Gosport site
2003LED lighting suite for Sea King helicopter
2005LED lighting suite for BK117 helicopter
2006LED lighting suite for EC120 helicopter
2006First to fit LED navigation lights to a fixed wing aircraft - UK Tornado
2006Patented reverse voltage single wire drive to dual mode light
2007LED lighting suite for air to air refuelling pods
2007LED lighting suite for Mi17 helicopter
2008LED lighting suite for AW159 Future Lynx helicopter
2009LED lighting suite for MCSP Merlin helicopter upgrade programme
2010Purchased Mellish Precision Engineering, Segensworth
2011Highest output LED anti-collision light in the world - AW159 programme
2012Contract for design of lighting suite on C160 fixed wing transport aircraft
2012New electronic assembly facility set up at Segensworth
2013Universal cockpit dimmer box developed
2014LFD celebrated its 25th anniversary
2015Gooseneck light developed
2016LFD Move to Zenith House
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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- Norwegian DLO
- Danish Defence
- German MOD
- Italian MOD
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- Selenia 2000
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