Harris to upgrade F-35 Lighting II mission system avionics

PARIS. At the Paris Air show, Lockheed Martin officials selected Harris Corp. to upgrade mission system avionics for the F-35 Lightning II as part of the Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) program. This will boost the aircraft’s data storage, display processing, and throughput capabilities, officials say.

Under contract, will provide the Aircraft Memory System (AMS) and Panoramic Electronic Unit (PCD EU), which are based on open architecture and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. The AMS provides solid-state mass storage capability for the F-35 aircraft avionics subsystems. It is the repository for avionics operational flight programs, mission and theater data, prognostics and , audio, display video, and aircraft parametric data. The PCD EU provides processing for the panoramic head-down display in the cockpit.

The technology development phase will begin in June 2017, followed by a system qualification phase in early 2019, and a subsequent five-year production contract phase. Harris avionics and ruggedized open systems mission processing technology already support the F-35, F-22, and F/A-18.

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