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AFA Winter 2019: BAE Systems updates F-35 electronic warfare systems

28 February 2019
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BAE Systems successfully inserted its Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator and Tuner Insertion Program (DTIP) technology into its electronic warfare systems for the global F-35 fleet. Source: US Air Force

BAE Systems has successfully inserted new technology into its electronic warfare (EW) systems for the global fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, according to a 28 February statement.

The Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator and Tuner Insertion Program (DTIP) technology is the latest upgrade to the AN/ASQ-239 system. The DTIP was introduced into BAE Systems’ manufacturing processes in 2018, with the first deliveries in July 2018.

BAE Systems believes this upgrade to the AN/ASQ-239 system positions it to meet future capability requirements and improve operators’ ability to conduct critical missions in contested airspace. This improved EW system delivers the functionality of the previous system in a smaller footprint, reducing volume and power requirements. The system also resolves issues with manufacturing obsolescence that would have otherwise required costly design work.

BAE Systems said it is the first F-35 supplier to insert updated technology into its systems at full production speeds. The company is delivering 11 systems monthly and ramping production to match aircraft production. The Pentagon anticipates ramping up to as many as 170 aircraft in upcoming contracts, including 157 aircraft for the upcoming Lot 12. Lot 10 was for 90 aircraft while the Lot 11 contract awarded on 28 September 2018 was for 141 aircraft.

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