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Air Warfare

Alion to provide R&D services for F-35 Joint Program Office

7th April 2021 - 09:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


F-35A aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base. (Photo: Matt Short/Lockheed Martin)

USAF chooses industry partner for research, technical studies, and analysis on F-35 weapons systems and platforms.

Alion Science and Technology has obtained a five-year, $77 million task order from the USAF F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office (JPO) for aircraft and weapons systems R&D.

The company will provide research, technical studies, and analysis on weapons systems and platforms, including shipboard and airborne radar and electronic systems; electrical generation systems; weapons control systems; engines; aircraft launch and recovery equipment; support equipment; and other complex machinery.

In a 2 April announcement, Alion added that it will provide solution alternatives for weapons systems and platforms ‘as well as avionic and shipboard systems that affect the life cycle, with a focus on affordability and develop approaches that resolve technical or supportability deficiencies affecting weapons systems’.

Terri Walker-Spoonhour, acting SVP and general manager of the Cyber and Electronic Warfare Group in Alion, said: ‘Alion has a long partnership with the F-35 JPO and demonstrated strengths in researching and identifying alternatives that affect aircraft and weapons system's life cycle affordability, approaches to resolve technical or supportability deficiencies and design, as well as integrating and validating solutions.’

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