TAMPA, Fla. 6 March 2010. Sypris Electronics, LLC, will provide electronic assemblies for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program .
Sypris Electronics is providing assemblies for the communications, navigation, and identification (CNI) Avionics Interface Controller (two per aircraft) and CNI Processor (five per aircraft), each of which serve as communications modules in the avionics suite. The Northrop Grumman avionics system is built on software-defined radio technology that provides F-35 pilots with the consolidated capabilities of more than 40 avionics subsystems.
The F-35 is a supersonic, multirole, 5th generation stealth fighter. Three F-35 variants derived from a common design, developed together and using the same sustainment infrastructure worldwide, will replace at least 13 types of aircraft for nine nations initially, making the Lightning II the most cost-effective fighter program in history.