Harris Corporation has announced that it has been awarded a 3-year, $55 million advanced avionics design contract by Northrop Grumman as part of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) team.
Harris announced earlier in the year that it expects over $2 billion in advanced avionics systems design, development, and production work on JSF over the life of the program.
Under terms of the contract with Northrop Grumman, Harris will perform critical path work on the JSF’s avionics infrastructure, including the design of the basic avionics architecture to be used by all suppliers who will be providing electronic subsystems for the JSF. In addition, the contract calls for Harris to design other hardware for the JSF such as custom racks, circuit cards, connectors, power supplies, and avionics backplanes.
As part of the Lockheed Martin JSF team, Harris expects to design, develop, and produce next-generation image processing and digital map software, fibre-optic physical layer components and interconnects, high-speed communications data links, and other components such as power supplies, RF backplanes, and portions of the Communications Navigation & Information (CNI) system. These systems are said to be critical to providing more efficient, higher-capacity, and more affordable avionics capability than ever before.