F-35 JSF

VDC Display Systems (VDC DS) has received a contract and purchase order from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to upgrade display systems on its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.

Under the contract, the company will supply and install new display systems on-board the existing F-35 fighter’s engineering simulators.

Display systems to be provided under the award include screens, mirrors, Sony high resolution projectors, optical edge blending, as well as auto calibration system and structures.

VDC Display Systems Business Development VP, David Rushton, said the contract is an outcome of combined efforts by VDC DS and Sony as well as a thorough testing and evaluation process.

VDC DS also expects the contract to result in additional purchase orders in future.

The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth generation multirole fighter, currently under development by Lockheed, to conduct ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defence missions.

The aircraft is being manufactured in three variants, which include a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant for the US and other air forces, a carrier variant (CV) for the US Navy and a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft for the US Marine Corps and the UK Royal Navy.

The JSF programme is principally financed by the US, with additional funding provided by the UK and seven international partners, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Turkey.

Upgrade work under the contract is scheduled to start during the fourth quarter of 2012.

Image: A Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter during its flight. Photo: courtesy of VDC DS.