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01:04 PM, March 9, 2015

Kitron will develop a test program set (TPS) for evaluating and troubleshooting F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft avionics under a four-year development contract awarded by Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Kitron was selected as an international source for TPS equipment, which consists of complex Interface Test Assemblies that work with the LM-STAR test system developed by Lockheed Martin.

The TPS will be used at repair facilities at Kitron and Northrop Grumman to evaluate and troubleshoot L-Band Pre-Selector (LBPS) Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), a module in the F-35's CNI avionics suite.

Northrop Grumman's integrated CNI suite provides F-35 pilots with the capability of more than 27 avionics functions including voice and data communication. The CNI design uses software-defined radio technology that allows the simultaneous operation of multiple critical functions while reducing size, weight and power demands on the advanced fighter aircraft.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.

Norway is one of nine partner nations participating in the F-35 program; three other countries will procure F-35 aircraft through the Foreign Military Sales process. Under a separate manufacturing license agreement between Kitron and Northrop Grumman, Kitron also will manufacture and repair several subassemblies for the F-35 CNI.

The contract has a total value of NOK 16 million (US$ 2 million).

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