Smiths increases share of JSF work

The UK’s Smiths Group has been awarded over $500 million by Lockheed Martin to supply Times Microwave Broadband Airborne Cable Assemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

Smiths Group’s Interconnect subsidiary has been selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to supply Times Microwave Broadband Airborne Cable Assemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The contract is potentially valued in excess of $500 million over the life of the programme.

According to the Smiths Group, the high performance cable assemblies are designed to handle high-speed data in extreme avionics environments, including wide variations in temperature and pressure. Delivery of the first set of assemblies is planned for early 2004.

Production of the F-35 JSF is scheduled to commence in 2006, continuing to 2026. Additional Smiths contracts on the JSF include combined systems in electronics, actuation, engine components and aircraft structures.

‘This reinforces Lockheed Martin’s already strong relationship with Smiths on the F-35 JSF programme,’ commented Tom Burbage, executive vice president and F-35 JSF programme general manager.

He added: ‘As the programme progresses, we look forward to working closely with our Smiths team mates to produce the most advanced multi-role fighter in history.’