MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Avionics infrastructure components for the F-35 Lightning II fighter are being provided by Florida's Harris Corp.
The contract from Lockheed Martin is a follow-on low-rate initial production award worth $32.7 million and brings the total value of the program for Harris to more than $500 million since 2001.
Harris is providing Lockheed Martin with next-generation avionics infrastructure components that house the radar and Integrated Core Processor electronics on the F-35. These are installed during F-35 assembly operations in Fort Worth, Texas.
Harris also provides state-of-the-art power distribution products and fiber-optic network solutions that are integrated throughout the aircraft avionics subsystems.
The latest contract covers production of as many as 32 additional aircraft. More than 90 low-rate initial production aircraft are under contract to date and plans call for production of more than 3,000 aircraft over the life of the F-35 program.
"This follow-on contract reflects the success of our past performance on the F-35 program and our ongoing commitment to meeting its technology leadership and affordability objectives," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems.
"The infrastructure and electronics we are providing are critical to providing more efficient, affordable and higher-capacity avionics capabilities than ever before."