Wing Loong (Yilong / Pterodactyl) is a medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute (CADI), a division of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
Kitron is one of the leading international electronic manufacturing services (EMS) suppliers with operations in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania and China where manufacturing and related services are delivered to customers globally. The company has more than 30 years of experience in defence electronics and has earned excellent references from international partners.
Kitron’s defence segment consists of three main product divisions: military avionics, military communications and weapon control systems. Kitron offers services throughout the entire value chain.
Military avionic, missile, and CCIS EMS, testing and adaptation services
Dedicated to our customers’ ambitions and needs, Kitron specialise in complex military projects. Programs with both European and US customers have made Kitron an experienced partner in industrial cooperation, where our areas of special expertise include new product introduction, test development, environmental stress screaning (ESS) services, state-of-the-art conformal coating processes, box-build / high-level assembly (HLA), as well as cutting-edge technology transfer and adaptation of new production methods.
Throughout recent decades, Kitron has been engaged in a number of programs to supply sub-units, as well as complete systems, for use in advanced military equipment. These programs are carried out in close cooperation with major international manufacturers of avionics, missiles, command, control & information systems (CCIS) as well as training simulators.
Our main references include international customers like Lockheed Martin Corporation, BAE Systems, Thales, Kongsberg Protech, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, SAAB Bofors Dynamics, SAAB Underwater Systems, SAAB Transpondertech, SAAB Avitronics and SAAB Training Systems. For example, Kitron manufactures, tests, maintains and repairs the Integrated Backplane Assembly in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Military avionic components, logistics, production and testing services
Kitron takes responsibility for design, industrialization, sourcing and procurement of components, logistics, production, testing, deliveries of complete products to end—users as well as sustainment programs as repair and maintenance. Kitron’s manufacturing facilities carry out cutting-edge technology in the assembly and testing of end products as well as thick-film, multi-chip modules and printed circuit boards.
Military avionics for exposed environments
Kitron provides circuit card / printed board assembly, including special cleaning and coating processes. A special conformal coating process makes it possible to produce electronics for all type of operating environments, including rough environments subsea, on land and in the air.
Military avionic manufacturing facilities
Kitron has separate facilities for manufacturing military applications. However, technology and experience from other market segments within Kitron operations such as telecoms, energy, offshore/marine, medical equipment and other industrial segments are also applied within military communications, command and control systems, missiles and avionics, and training and simulator systems etc. Processes are ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, and AQAP-2120 approved. Relevant employees are cleared for NATO Secret.
In recent years Kitron has been engaged in a number of offset / industrial cooperation programmes delivering sub-assemblies as well as complete systems for use in fire control systems, communication systems, missiles and electronic modules for military aircraft for major customers in the defence industry, both in Europe and the United States.
Outrider is a lightweight canister-launched unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developed by Lockheed Martin. The UAS is intended to perform missions in austere areas, where the usage of conventional, larger unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is limited.
Hongdu L-15B is a new twin-seat combat trainer aircraft developed by Hongdu Aviation Industry Group (HAIG), part of China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), for the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF).
Z-11WB 'Kuang' (Buzzard) is a new reconnaissance and light attack helicopter developed by AVIC Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation (CHAIC).
Cacador (Hunter) class-4 multi-role MALE (medium-altitude long-endurance) unmanned aerial system (UAS) was officially launched in June 2016, following a demonstration flight held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
A fleet of 16 NAWSARH (Norwegian all-weather search and rescue helicopters) are being built by AgustaWestland at its Yeovil facility, for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.
Kitron has decided to set up a fully owned subsidiary in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA. The industrial operation will be running from 1 January 2011 and will predominantly be concentrated towards the defense industry and later on customers from the other market segments. A suitable location of 22,