Lockheed Martin has received a $9.2 million contract from Harris Corporation to deliver transceivers for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The transceivers are a critical component of the JSF mission system, linking the system’s electronic processing and fibre optic network.
Harris Corporation, under contract to Northrop Grumman to provide common components for the JSF’s conventional and short take-off vertical landing variants, awarded the contract to Lockheed Martin’s Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Tactical Systems business.
Tactical Systems will deliver two different transceivers under the contract from Harris: the large form factor transceiver and the small form factor transceiver. Both components will be delivered by August.
The F-35 JSF mission system is said to rely on fibre optics to share data between the various subsystems in near real time.
The small size of the Lockheed Martin transceivers allows them to be mounted directly on the processing modules, which enables more compact mission system packaging than has previously been possible.
Tactical Systems is also responsible for the Integrated Core Processor, which is the aircraft’s central computer system. That contract was awarded to Tactical Systems as part of the initial JSF award to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.