NickC wrote:Lockheed have awarded contract to Harris contract for the new F-35 Integrated Core Processor for “Technology Refresh 3” modernisation. ICP is the brains for processing data for the aircraft’s communications, sensors, electronic warfare, guidance and control, cockpit and helmet displays. The new ICP will be integrated into F-35 aircraft starting with Lot 15 aircraft, expected to begin deliveries in 2023.
A) 25 times increase in computing power to support planned capability enhancements
B) Greater software stability, higher reliability, and increased diagnostics resulting in lower sustainment costs
C) An Open System Architecture to enable the flexibility to add, upgrade and update future capabilities
D) 75 percent reduction in unit cost
The F-35 Technology Refresh 3 to date also include the Panoramic Cockpit Display Electronic Unit and Aircraft Memory System plus the new Raytheon Next Gen Distributed Aperture System.
Raises the question should UK delay/minimise any future F-35B buy until Lot 15 by which time may be Block 4 available for Meteor, Spear 3 and ASRAAM CSM, would no doubt save substantial costs of upgrading earlier aircraft.
The Treasury manages defense spending to minimize annual spend. They don't give a sh*t if the overall program cost grows as a result.