Curtiss-Wright to supply flight test instrumentation for F-35 refresh


Curtiss-Wright has been awarded a US$24 million contract from Nellis Air Force Base to provide Flight Test Instrumentation equipment in support of the F-35 Technology Refresh 3 program.

The Technology Refresh 3 (TR-3) program is a series of upgrades to the F-35′s hardware and software to improve its displays, memory and computer processing capability and support future modernization capabilities.

Lynn M Bamford, chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright said, “We are proud to have been selected by Nellis Air Force Base to provide our aerospace instrumentation technology for use on critical flight tests of the F-35 TR-3 program.

“The receipt of this contract reflects our long-standing relationships and ongoing collaboration with the F-35 Joint Program Office and US Flight Test Range engineers and personnel, and demonstrates the trust and confidence that customers place in Curtiss-Wright’s integrated high-speed flight test instrumentation systems.”

Curtiss-Wright has worked closely over the past three years with US Flight Test Ranges, including Nellis AFB and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, as well as the F 35 Joint Program Office, to define and architect the Distributed Flight Test Instrumentation (DFTI) system that enables the test and evaluation of F-35 TR-3 configured aircraft.

Curtiss-Wright’s FTI technology forms part of the DFTI system, where products and subsystems that enable the acquisition, collation, processing, recording, and telemetry of flight test data support the transport of that data. Because it is networked, DFTI enables the distribution of flight test instrumentation equipment closer to the measured parameters, resulting in increased test accuracy.

Curtiss-Wright has supporting Nellis AFB with Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI)sSince 1998 that collect, collate, process, record, transmit via RF links, and analyze and display flight test data.

The work at its TTC (Teletronics Technology Corporation) facility in Newtown, Pennsylvania, within its Defense Solutions division in the Defense Electronics segment.

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