Jun 23, 2017: Lockheed Martin, an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company has selected Harris Corporation to upgrade mission system avionics for the F-35 Lightning II as part of the Technology Refresh #3 (TR3) programme, considerably improving the aircraft’s data storage, display processing and throughput capabilities. The announcement was made during the International Paris Air Show being held in Le Bourget.
Harris will supply the Aircraft Memory System (AMS) and Panoramic Cockpit Display Electronic Unit (PCD EU), which are based on open architecture and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. The AMS offers solid-state mass storage capability for the F-35 aircraft avionics subsystems. It is the repository for avionics operational flight programmes, mission and theater data, prognostics and health data, audio, display video, and aircraft parametric data. The PCD EU offers processing for the panoramic head-down display in the cockpit.
“The new TR3 electronics pave the way for system upgrades well into the future,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Harris Electronic Systems. “Open systems are the future of avionics and Harris is investing substantial R&D to develop these solutions. These awards affirm the military’s approach to open systems architecture and Harris’ commitment to delivering more affordable, higher performance solutions than would have been possible using proprietary technology.”
The technology development phase will begin in June 2017, followed by a system qualification phase in early 2019, and a subsequent 5-year production contract phase. Harris avionics and ruggedised open systems mission processing technology already support the F-35, F-22, and F/A-18.