F-35 program selects Harris' next-generation computer, reduces costs long-term

FORT WORTH, Texas. Lockheed Martin officials selected Harris Corp. to develop and deliver the next generation Integrated Core Processor (ICP) for the F-35 fighter jet. Officials state the associated costs with the new procurement process will reduce costs of the F-35 program.

“We are aggressively pursuing cost reduction across the F-35 enterprise and, after conducting a thorough review and robust competition, we’re confident the next generation Integrated Core Processor will reduce costs and deliver transformational capabilities for the warfighter,” says Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of the F-35 program. “The next generation Integrated Core Processor for the F-35 will have positive benefits for all customers in terms of life cycle cost, capability, reliability and more.”

The Harris-built ICP will be integrated into the Lot 15 F-35 aircraft with deliveries expected to begin in 2023. The F-35’s ICP acts as the brains of the F-35, processing data for the aircraft’s communications, sensors, electronic warfare, guidance and control, cockpit and helmet displays. The processor is part of the planned “Technology Refresh 3” modernization with additional elements including the Panoramic Cockpit Display Electronic Unit and Aircraft Memory System, which were also recompeted and awarded to Harris last year.

The ICP selection comes on the heels of Lockheed Martin’s selection of Raytheon for the Next Gen Distributed Aperture System, which will reduce lifecycle costs by more than $3 billion, enhance reliability and increased capability, Lockheed Martin officials state.

In addition to competition, the company is transitioning several F-35 suppliers to longer term Performance Based Logistics contracts to enhance parts availability and reduce sustainment costs. Previously under annual contracts, the new 5-year PBLs allow each supplier to make longer term investments and actions to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.