Apr 06, 2016 00:50 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff
Israel is seeking to gain greater autonomy in its participation and design of its F-35I Joint Strike Fighter procurement. This will include its own command, control, communications and computing (C4) system, indigenous weaponry and the ability to perform heavy maintenance in country rather than at predetermined regional overhaul facilities. Delivery of the first F-35Is are expected to commence this December, and it is expected that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will begin installing a tailor-made C4 system on top of the central avionics embedded in the joint strike fighter. At present, Lockheed Martin is working with Elbit subsidary, Cyclone Ltd., for external fuel tanks to mount on the F-35A.
IAI’s C4 systems for the F-35I Adir fighter jet enters production phase
With system definition, prototyping and testing phases completed, Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) is now moving to production the Command, Control, Communications and Computing (C4) systems developed for the Adir – F-35I, Israel’s variant of the F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighter jet.
The system developed exclusively for the F-35I by IAI’s LAHAV Division is part of IAI’s cutting edge ‘tactical C4 architecture’ introducing unique force multipliers in the modern, networked battle space.
The induction of advanced systems of this type with the Israel Air Force (IAF) combat fleet will enable the IAF to better manage, and rapidly field networked applications that interface with core services over proprietary protocols developed especially for the IAF.
Israel became the first country to select the F-35 through the United States government’s Foreign Military Sales process on Oct. 7, 2010, when Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General (Maj. Gen. Ret.) Udi Shani signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant. Thus far, the Israeli Defense Ministry has purchased 33 of these “type A” F-35’s, which are capable of regular takeoff and landing procedures.