Terma joins F-35 team

Northrop Grumman has selected Denmark’s Terma A/S to design and develop 3D audio algorithms and software for the communications system of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology sector, under contract to Lockheed Martin, is developing software-defined radios that provide advanced communications, navigation and identification (CNI) capabilities for the F-35 JSF.

The 3D audio, to be integrated into the CNI system, provides spatial separation of sounds and signals to improve the pilot’s reaction time and allow the pilot to focus on critical alerts and conversations.

Northrop Grumman’s integrated CNI avionics are said to feature modular, software-programmable radios that simultaneously carry out numerous tasks such as various voice and data communications and identification functions. The system can also reconfigure these functions to support priorities defined by missions.

The F-35 CNI package also includes capabilities such as friend-or-foe identification of approaching aircraft, automatic acquisition of fly-to points and secure multiwave, multiband, multimode wireless communications.