April 5, 2008 (by Eric L. Palmer) - Goodrich Corporation has been selected by Lockheed Martin to supply the air data system for the F-35 Lightning II program.
A variety of important components for the F-35 are provided by Goodrich
Initial work includes the System Development and Demonstration (SDD
) and Low Rate Initial Production 1 and 2 phases of the program. SDD is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2009, with ADS production deliveries also commencing in the first quarter of 2009. The ADS program has the potential of generating $300 million in revenue over the life of the program.
The ADS is designed, developed and produced by Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems team in Burnsville, Minn., and provides all critical air data parameters to the vehicle management computers for the aircraft's flight control and pilot display systems. Its SmartProbe air data sensing technology allows integration of multi-function sensing ports, pressure sensors and processing capability through the elimination of pneumatic lines.
The total number of discrete product installations is reduced, overall weight is decreased, and reliability and maintainability are significantly improved. Commonality of the ADS for all F-35 variants will simplify logistics support and reduce overall life cycle costs.
"This award solidifies Goodrich's 'Smart' air data technology as the preferred architecture for next generation aircraft and modernization programs," said Jan Mathiesen, Vice President, Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems. "We are proud to have the F-35 Lightning II join leading military and commercial aircraft using this technology, including the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, Boeing C-130 AMP, Airbus A380, Dassault Falcon 7X, and Embraer 170/190 and Phenom programs."
Goodrich's content on the F-35, expected to be valued at more than $3 million per aircraft, includes landing gear, weapons bay door systems, engine and fuel quantity sensors, actuation systems and unique short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL
) engine and airframe components. Production takes place at company facilities in Australia, Canada, the UK and the U.S.