Joint Strike Fighter means lots of dosh for TRW

TRW is to provide the integrated communications, navigation and identification (CNI) avionics to Lockheed Martin in support of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

San Diego-based TRW Radio Systems will begin full-scale development of integrated CNI avionics for the JSF as a result of the October 26th Pentagon decision to advance the JSF program to the system development and demonstration phase.

‘We anticipate the integrated CNI requirements for JSF will be worth $4 billion to $5 billion, excluding foreign market sales, over the anticipated life of the program,’ says Tim Hannemann, president and CEO, TRW Space & Electronics.

TRW’s integrated CNI avionics is a sophisticated array of sensors, navigation aids and communications systems that reduce pilot workload. The JSF package will feature modular, software-programmable radios with advanced capabilities including friend-or-foe identification of approaching aircraft, automatic acquisition of fly-to points, and secure multiwave, multiband, multimode wireless communications.

TRW is currently working with Lockheed Martin to finalise a subcontract for the JSF integrated CNI systems.

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