Norway's Kitron contracted to support F-35 aircraft avionics


Northrop Grumman has signed a long-term agreement with Norway's Kitron to deliver sub-assembly for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) aircraft.

The NOK1bn ($116.1m) deal is effective until June 2036 and also includes transfer of manufacturing prototypes for testing and validation.

Upon completion of transfer of knowhow and manufacturing prototypes in 2017, Kitron will be awarded production contracts with deliveries starting in 2018, according to the company.

The sub-assembly, called the dual channel transmit/receive (DCTR) module, is part of Northrop's communication, navigation and identification (CNI) system.

The CNI suite for the F-35 offers pilots with the capability of more than 27 avionics functions including voice and data communication.

It uses advanced software-defined radio technology that facilitates simultaneous operation of multiple critical functions, while reducing size, weight and power demands on the advanced fighter aircraft.

Kitron Norway managing director Hans Petter Thomassen said: "The F-35 programme is crucial for Norway, adding significant defence capabilities and important for Kitron and the region since the long-term programme secures substantial employment.

"The F-35 programme is crucial for Norway, adding significant defence capabilities and important for Kitron and the region since the long-term programme secures substantial employment."

“Winning this type of contract reflects Kitron's position as a competitive and trusted partner.”

In September 2015, Kitron agreed to supply different subassembly electronic modules for F-35 aircraft avionics.

Norway is one of the international partner countries participating in the F-35 programme and it is planning to acquire 52 F-35s in total.


Image: F-35A Lightning II. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen.