TacView® Portable Mission Display

TacView® PMD

The TacView® Portable Mission Display (PMD) is a compact, self-contained mission computer designed specifically to enhance situational awareness for military, paramilitary, law enforcement, and civil aircrews. TacView provides mission enhancing functionality at the flight crew's fingertips, with a data interface no other airborne portable computer can provide.


Rugged Design

High vibration and temperature extremes associated with demanding airborne operations will not affect TacView's performance, nor will they cause untimely system shut-downs. A removable minimum 128GB solid state memory ensures continuous operation in the most challenging cockpit conditions, and allows for instantaneous declassification of critical data when necessary.

Brilliant Display

TacView’s unique high contrast display offers an exceptional viewing experience in both day and night lighting conditions, and is fully dimmable from 800 to 0.5 Nits. The unit is also NVIS compatible to MIL-STD-3009, including keyboard and bezel buttons.

Accommodating User Interface

Rugged film-on-glass touch technology puts TacView ahead of the competition, offering reliable single or dual touch input capability, while its multi-function bezel buttons are designed to accommodate gloved-hand tactile feedback. In addition, a uniquely integrated “QWERTY-style” sliding keyboard optimizes text input in all conditions.

Power to Spare

Never again does the aircrew need to limit the amount of data displayed on a PMD at the same time. TacView comes equipped with a powerful Intel Core™ i7 processor with integrated video processing capability, which allows multiple applications to run simultaneously.  

Expansion Module Units

The TacView® Portable Mission Computer is installed in conjunction with an Expansion Module Unit (EMU), that offers a certified interface to aircraft power and data links. These EMUs enable a wide range of interconnectivity and seamless high-speed communications.

Expansion Module Unit (EMU)

Expansion Module Unit (EMU)

  • 28VDC Input
  • Ethernet 10/100 Base-T
  • RS232 Interface
  • USB 2.0 Ports

Enhanced Expansion Module Unit (EEMU)

Enhanced Expansion Module Unit

  • Ethernet 10/100 Base-T
  • ARINC429
  • Discrete I/O support
  • RS232 Interface, RS422 Interface
  • USB 2.0 Ports
  • Video (RS170/NTSC) (optional)

Expansion Module Unit (MIL-STD)

Expansion Module Unit (MIL-STD)

DO-160E tested and manufactured using MIL-qualified* components, the MIL-STD EMU is ruggedized and specifically designed for military and paramilitary installations. The following interface capabilities are offered:

  • 28VDC Input
  • MIL-DTL-38999 Plug (100 contacts)
    • Ethernet 10/100 Base-T
    • RS232 Interface, RS422 Interface
    • USB 2.0
    • Video (RS170/NTSC/PAL)
    • ARINC429
    • Discrete I/O support
  • MIL-STD-1553B Twinaxial Connectors

*Other MIL standards recognized: MIL-STD-704, MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-461.

TacView® PMD Applications

Total document viewing (approach plates, checklists, manuals, etc.)
Aircraft Performance Management

Real time weather, moving map, synthetic vision with tactical data overlay

Tactical data link integration for dynamic command and control applications

Situational awareness only happens with the right tools. TacView® is the portable mission tool that links the crew to the networked battlefield and facilitates mission planning in a paperless cockpit.

Application Flexibility

The TacView® PMD software environment is supported by a Windows 7 operating system. This allows greater application flexibility and empowers the air crew to select applications best suited to their conditions. Types of applications supported on TacView® include:

  • Mission planning and on-the-fly mission re-planning Portable Flight Planning Software (PFPS)
    • FalconView® mapping system
    • Combat Flight Planning Software (CFPS)
    • Combat Weapon Delivery Software (CWDS)
    • Combat Air Drop Planning Software (CAPS)
  • Link16 Tactical Datalink display and management
    • 9-line/15-line text messages
    • Target imagery data
    • Two channels of digital voice
    • Live feed video
  • Blue Force tracking
  • Situation Awareness Data Link
  • Radar / Targeting Pod Video Display
  • Smart Display Repeater
  • Paperless Cockpit Applications
  • Linked Electronic Checklists
  • Real-Time weather mapping

Additional applications are available that enable note-taking, image sharing, post-flight maintenance debrief, mission rehearsal/review, charting and embedded training.

When coupled with optical or infrared video sources such as CMC's SureSight® I-Series™ Enhanced Vision System (EVS), the combined TacView/EVS system improves flight crew situational awareness by helping them see through fog, haze, precipitation and at night for increased mission effectiveness.

TacView® Installations

In a cockpit retrofit application, the biggest challenge is to identify a mount location that will allow the use of the TacView® without hindering visibility to standby instruments, the primary flight display and navigation/multifunction displays. The mount location should be as close as possible to the primary field of view. Furthermore, the installation must not obstruct egress paths, such as window escape, and it must not impede access and handling of key controls.

TacView® Installations

Installation Flexibility

TacView’s numerous mount solutions allow this Portable Mission Display to be installed on side panels, front panels, yokes and standard Dzus mounting rails. Where aircraft mounting is impossible, such as on the US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, a knee-mount solution is available.

CMC’s patented V-mount system consists of an arm mount with V-groove swivel head which facilitates the adjustment of PMD position and viewing angle. A quick-release adapter allows the user to easily remove the display from its mount in flight while remaining connected to aircraft power and signal.

Installation Flexibility

Installation Flexibility

Program Experience

CMC has and continues to be a proud supplier of Portable Mission Displays on many air, ground and navy programs. CMC’s product portfolio meets the most demanding customer requirements and complex installation configurations.

CMC’s list of TacView customers includes the US Navy, US Army, US Air Force, US Air National Guard, US Coast Guard, Royal Saudi Air Force and Chilean Air Force. TacView® PMDs have been installed in a variety of configurations on C-130, E-2C, DHC-7, P-3, HH/MH-65, C-17, F-22 and F-16 aircraft.

During the 2011 NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID), military personnel executing a formation search and rescue mission used Link 16 networked TacView PMD systems in a JET configuration (with L-3 Communications’ Joint Range Extension) to perform their mission. Unanimously, each pilot participating in the demonstration confirmed improved situational awareness that led to superior mission effectiveness.

Program Experience

Updates and Upgrades

TacView® Portable Mission Display

TacView® Portable Mission Display


Rugged Equipment with Expansion Capability

As the most widely used Tactical Datalink display system in the world, the TacView’s pedigree ensures stability in design and cutting-edge technology.

CMC offers upgrade solutions to its clients, allowing them to benefit from these technological evolutions without a complete system retrofit. For example, CMC’s latest TacView® baseline allows customers to upgrade processor, display screen and touch technology, while maintaining the same form factor. As such, customers can benefit from a three-fold performance improvement in processor computing time, reduced power consumption and heat generation with the LED display backlighting, and optional dual touch-screen for advanced manipulation of charts and other data in multi-touch capable applications.

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Customer Support

Consistently recognized by our customers for sustained excellence as a supplier of quality products and on-time delivery, CMC has an established customer support team dedicated to meeting customer demands and schedules.

CMC offers a number of ways to contact our Customer Support department. Please refer to our central customer support page to contact us using the method you prefer.

For a full list of Quality Certificates please see here.

Extensive Document Library

Organizations that have purchased equipment from CMC in the past or operators/service facilities that have third-party agreements with CMC, have access to a complete list of technical documents, providing the most relevant and appropriate documentation. Functions are available in the document library to set up automatic alerts when existing documentation is updated or new documents are created.

Please click here to access the Customer Support Documentation Library.