BAE Systems reach key F-35 milestone
BAE Systems has announced a critical program milestone with the successful insertion of new technology into its EW systems for the global fleet of fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.
The improved EW system delivers the same functionality of the previous system in a smaller footprint, reducing volume and power requirements – creating space for Block IV modernisation upgrades. The system update also resolves issues with manufacturing obsolescence that would have otherwise required costly redesign work.
The company’s capacity expansion strategy enabled BAE Systems to become the first F-35 supplier to insert updated technology into its systems at full production speeds – delivering 11 systems monthly and ramping production to match aircraft production. The Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator and Tuner Insertion Program (DTIP) technology was introduced into BAE Systems’ manufacturing process in 2018, with the first deliveries starting in July. The team is consistently providing 11 shipsets per month, enabling the company to continue on-time delivery to its customer.
Deborah Norton, VP of F-35 Solutions at BAE Systems, said: “We’ve delivered almost 400 EW systems to date, and now we’ve updated the architecture and are manufacturing it at a high rate of production. This technology insertion gives the EW system room to grow, and will help the F-35 maintain its dominance of the electromagnetic spectrum.
“The successful insertion of DTIP was the result of the outstanding focus, dedication, and teamwork of our engineering and production teams working in close coordination with our customer.”
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