F-35 fighter jet will use cockpit display from L-3 Communications

NEW YORK, 16 Nov. 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its Display Systems division has been awarded a System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas, to provide the Panoramic Cockpit Display (PCD) subsystem for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.

Nov 16th, 2005

NEW YORK, 16 Nov. 2005. L-3 Communications announced today that its Display Systems division has been awarded a System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas, to provide the Panoramic Cockpit Display (PCD) subsystem for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.

The potential contract value over the life of the program is over $200 million, with delivery of the first operational aircraft to the armed services scheduled for 2009.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is a 5th generation, supersonic, multi-role stealth fighter designed to replace aging AV-8B Harriers, A-10s, F-16s, F/A-18 Hornets and United Kingdom Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers.

Under the terms of the contract, L-3 Display Systems will lead an International Integrated Product Development Team that will design, qualify and manufacture the high-resolution, high-brightness, night vision-compatible 20-inch x 8-inch active matrix liquid crystal display and a highly redundant display management computer.

L-3 Display Systems' team members include:
* Logic Sistemi Avionici of Milan, Italy;
* Aydin Yazilim ve Elektronik Sanayii A.S. of Turkey; and
* Philips Mobile Electronics of Heerlen, The Netherlands.

The L-3 Display Systems PCD provides pilot control and display for the major functions of the JSF aircraft, including flight displays; sensor displays; communication, radio and navigation systems and identification systems, and provides the pilot with total situational awareness. This cost-effective, low weight display is intended for a seamless production insertion into the JSF program and is designed to meet the demanding environment of the F-35 fighter aircraft. The L-3 Display Systems display subsystem will be compatible with the F-35 Operational Flight Program software developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

"We are honored to have earned this opportunity to extend our outstanding relationship with Lockheed Martin on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program," said Bob McGill, president of L-3's newly formed Displays Group. "L-3 Display Systems is a leader in providing high-performance display systems for demanding environments and we look forward to providing the F-35 with our most advanced display and processing technology."

L-3 Display Systems, located in Alpharetta, Ga., specializes in the design, development and manufacture of ruggedized display systems for the world's most demanding applications. L-3 Display Systems' product line includes a wide variety of displays and processors available to meet a multitude of system architectures for airborne, shipboard and ground-based applications. For more information, see www.L-3Com.com/displays.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components.

L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors. For more information, see www.L-3Com.com.

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