F-35 follow-on contract awarded

Aug. 6, 2010 at 1:29 PM
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MELBOURNE, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Harris Corp. has been awarded a $55 million follow-on production contract from Northrop Grumman for avionics systems for the F-35 fighter aircraft.

The Florida company said the three-year low rate initial production contract brings the total value of the program for Harris to more than $410 million since 2001.

"This contract represents another significant milestone in the F-35 program, which is replacing the U.S. military's aging fleet of fighter aircraft," said Pat Seamon, vice president, Avionics and Electronics Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems. "A global leader in avionics for military aircraft, Harris continues to provide products that meet the program's technology leadership and affordability objectives."

Harris provides avionics infrastructure, fiber-optic network solutions and power supplies that are integral to major subsystems of the fighter aircraft that's being produced to replace the A-10, the AV-8 Harrier, the F-16 and the F/A-18.

More than 30 F-35s are under contract to date and the new follow-on award covers production of up to 32 additional planes, Harris said in a news release.

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