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The Specification

The ARINC 818 video interface and protocol standard was developed for high-bandwidth, low-latency, uncompressed digital video transmission. The standard has been advanced by ARINC and the aerospace community to meet the stringent needs of high-performance digital video. Even before its release, the protocol was adopted by major aerospace and military programs, and has become the de facto standard for high-performance military video systems.

ARINC 818 video systems include infrared and other wavelength sensors, optical cameras, radar, flight recorders, map/chart systems, synthetic vision, image fusion systems, head-up displays, head-down multifunction displays including large area displays (LADs), and video concentrators. These video systems are used for taxi and take-off assist, cargo loading, navigation, target tracking, collision avoidance, and other critical functions.

Which companies are using ARINC 818? Boeing, Airbus, Honeywell, Great River Technology, Rockwell Collins, Elbit, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Thales, Comac, and other prominent aerospace and military OEMs, sub-contractors, and suppliers.

The current standard, ARINC Specification 818-2, can be purchased from The ARINC Standards Store.

Comments or issues concerning the standard can be directed to Paul Prisaznuk (410.212.0913 or