March 2, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - HBM, Inc., a leading global supplier of measurement technologies, products and solutions for industrial test and measurement applications, has been awarded an $8.7 million dollar contract to provide data acquisition hardware and software for structural tests on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
The order is comprised of MGCplus hardware and its catman(R) Enterprise software for data acquisition and analysis during the testing program.
FCS Test Systems, in conjunction with HBM, will supply six fully integrated load control and data acquisition systems to the F-35 team.
The solution gives Lockheed Martin and its partners, BAE
SYSTEMS and Northrop Grumman, the ability to remotely view real time data from different sites in the USA and UK.
Three of the test rigs are for static tests with 4,000 channels each, while the other three tests rigs have 2,500 channels each and are dedicated to capturing data during durability tests on the aircraft structure.
The order includes HBM's recently developed MD Trend software to provide highly versatile fatigue trend assessment, allowing automatic detection of potential fatigue damage during long term durability tests. HBM worked closely with Lockheed Martin and BAE SYSTEMS during software development to ensure the software meets all requirements.
Lockheed Martin will use the equipment to develop all three F-35 variants - CTOL
(Conventional Take Off and Landing), STOVL
(Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing), and CV
(Carrier Version). Development tests of the F-35 equipment will be undertaken at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth site and Vought Aircraft Industries' Dallas site in Texas, USA, as well as BAE SYSTEMS' Brough facility in Yorkshire, UK.