F-35I C4 system enters production
The Command, Control, Communications and Computing (C4) system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Israeli variant of the F-35 aircraft has completed testing and moved into production, the company announced on 3 April.
The C4 system uses generic communications infrastructure based on Software Defined Radios (SDR) to provide the backbone of the Israel Air Force’s (IAF’s) future airborne communications network. It will enable the IAF to better manage and rapidly field networked applications that interface with core services over proprietary protocols developed especially for the IAF.
With an open systems architecture the new system will also enable rapid software and hardware development cycles that will provide more affordable modernisation and support of systems over the platform’s lifecycle, as systems evolve to meet changing operating environments.
System definition, prototyping and testing phases are now complete. The system will equip the F-35I, which will be known as Adir in IAF service.
Benni Cohen, general manager of LAHAV division, said: ‘This cutting edge avionic system represents an ‘operational quantum leap’ in the capability of air power to conduct networked-centric air warfare.
‘It is part of a major change that takes place once in a decade, which includes the upgrading of 4th Generation systems. This programme will be critical to our national security as it represents a shift in air forces’ concepts of operations and operational capabilities.’
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