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Harris to deliver F-35 next generation ICP

3rd October 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Harris Corporation has been selected by Lockheed Martin to develop and deliver the next generation Integrated Core Processor (ICP) for the F-35 fighter jet, the company announced on 27 September.

The ICP acts as the brains of the F-35, processing data for the aircraft’s communications, sensors, electronic warfare, guidance and control, cockpit and helmet displays.

The Harris-built ICP will be integrated into F-35 starting with Lot 15 aircraft, which are expected to begin deliveries in 2023. Compared to the current system, the next generation ICP system is expected to offer 75% reduction in unit cost; 25 times increase in computing power to support planned capability enhancements; greater software stability, higher reliability and increased diagnostics resulting in lower sustainment costs; and an open system architecture to enable the flexibility to add, upgrade and update future capabilities.

The new ICP is a key element of the planned Technology Refresh 3 modernisation to ensure the advanced F-35 remains ahead of evolving threats. Additional elements include the panoramic cockpit display electronic unit and aircraft memory system, which were awarded to Harris in 2017.

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