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Elbit awarded F-35 cockpit contract

07 June 2017

Elbit Systems of America has been awarded a contract to develop a replacement cockpit display for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The contract, which was announced by Elbit Systems on 6 June, is for the Technology Refresh 3, Panoramic Cockpit Display Unit (PCDU). The value of the contract was not disclosed, with Elbit Systems saying only that "the award was not in a material amount".

The F-35 is currently equipped with a single Rockwell Collins 508x203 mm (20x8-inch) panoramic projection, touch-sensitive screen (actually two half-size screens functioning as a single unit). Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins already collaborate on the F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System (Gen 3), through their ESA Vision Systems (RCEVS) joint venture.

Elbit Systems declined to provide any further information on the PCDU to Jane's or to supply an image.

Cockpit NG also enables embedded training with simulated scenarios and targets generated to replicate specific mission scenarios, helping reduce overall operating costs for the user.

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Elbit Systems declined to provide Jane's with details or an image of the new Panoramic Cockpit Display Unit for the F-35, but it may be based on the company's Cockpit NG seen here.  (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)Elbit Systems declined to provide Jane's with details or an image of the new Panoramic Cockpit Display Unit for the F-35, but it may be based on the company's Cockpit NG seen here. (IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings)



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