Lockheed Martin to redesign F-35 panoramic display electronics to blunt effects of component obsolescence

May 13, 2022
F-35 jet fighter-bomber has an 8-by-20-inch panoramic cockpit display cockpit avionics that shows sensor information and flight status data.

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. – Combat avionics experts at Lockheed Martin Corp. will supervise redesign of the panoramic display in the U.S. F-35 joint strike fighter to stave-off the effects of electronics component obsolescence under terms of a $43.6 million order announced Wednesday.

Officials of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., are asking the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics segment in Fort Worth, Texas, to supervise redesign of the F-35 panoramic cockpit display to help maintain and upgrade the large cockpit display.

The Navy is asking Lockheed Martin for diminishing manufacturing sources non-recurring engineering in support of a redesigned panoramic cockpit display electronic unit video mixer for F-35 Lightning II production aircraft.

The aircraft that this order affects are those of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, foreign military sales (FMS) customers, and non-U.S Department of Defense (DOD) participants.

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The F-35 jet fighter-bomber has set new standards for combat aircraft cockpit avionics with its 8-by-20-inch panoramic cockpit display, which the company showed in 2010 at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England.

This large active-matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) is from L3Harris Technologies in Alpharetta, Ga., and from Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas. It is an intuitive touch-screen, and can present the F-35 Lightning II pilot with all the information he needs, quickly, and without overwhelming him with too much information.

The panoramic display for the F-35 is divided in two electronically. This design offers full redundancy and enables the display to continue functioning in case of component failure or battle damage.

The panoramic display smart-stitches separate images into one continuous image. It shows a variety of sensor information, attack information, and aircraft status data.

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The display reportedly can withstand a puncture or a crack, and still offer all its features on only one side. In a pinch, the F-35 pilot still can rely on his helmet-mounted display in case of catastrophic avionics failure.

On this order Lockheed Martin will do the work in Fort Worth, Texas, and should be finished by January 2029. For more information contact Lockheed Martin Aeronautics online at www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/business-areas/aeronautics.html, L3Harris Technologies at https://engage.l3harris.com/f35-lightning-mission-critical-technology/p/1, or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.

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