Cubic Mission Solutions has selected Elbit Systems of America to provide full-motion video data link (FMVDL) power amplifiers for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.
The contract award comes after Lockheed Martin selected Cubic Mission Solutions as the software-defined, radio-based VDL provider for the F-35 Lightning II Program in June last year.
The VDL solution features high-performance processing that can support future live video enhancements and reduce size, weight, power and cooling (SWAP-C).
It also allows the F-35 to transmit and receive sensor and metadata between multiple ground or airborne units.
Elbit Systems will design and develop the FMVDL amplifier module for the aircraft’s communications suite.
The amplifier module will provide improved situational awareness to both airborne and ground forces and increase the F-35 Lightning II’s advanced sensor suite.
Elbit Systems will design and manufacture the F-35 FMVDL modules in Fort Worth, Texas, US.
Elbit Systems of America C4I & Homeland Security Solutions vice-president Joel Friederich said: “This selection demonstrates Elbit America’s reputation as a leader in providing innovative airborne amplifiers for military tactical communications.
“Our F-35 full-motion video amplifier modules provide the power behind the F-35’s integrated communication / data link system and enable warfighters to have full situational awareness while boosting the fifth-generation combat capability of the aircraft.”
Elbit Systems power amplifiers and other solutions are designed to boost power for the F-35 communication suite and minimise the unit’s size.
With these aspects in place, the aircraft will be able to send and receive critical information and extend situational awareness from one aircraft to complete the troop network.