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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Lightning II

Lockheed Martin formed a partnership with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman. No single company could do this project alone. So they combined into one team and created an integrated management team at a much higher level than what is usually done. The next tier down in the program includes the major critical suppliers like Honeywell, Northrop Grumman Radar Systems, Goodrich, and about 50 others. These major suppliers make up the U.S. industry team chartered to make it all happen.

JSF vendor selection is based on best value criteria. Best value criteria is a function of many different things: risk, technology maturity; not just price. All international suppliers have to compete for work on the program. The US suppliers have been asked to help us find the best international companies to participate. For example, Honeywell has its own international suppliers. The major US suppliers involve their international vendors and allow them to bid on the projects.

Lockheed sends a team to each of the participating countries. Sometimes that team will have a representative from Honeywell, TRW, or another U.S. company. That team assesses the companies in that country to decide which ones are competitive. They make selections and give them an opportunity to bid. These companies must have good systems in place (i.e., IT, manufacturing systems, and software) to compete with the other suppliers/partners.


Honeywell signed a strategic supplier agreement with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Honeywell's participation in Lockheed Martin's Strategic Supplier program will help build the infrastructure needed to identify and meet long-term customer requirements, using Lean and Six Sigma improvement principles and other methods, which should result in best value, improved delivery times, and improved quality and technologies. Honeywell has been a Lockheed Martin supplier on the C-130, the F-16, the F-22, and now the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Honeywell Defense & Space Electronic Systems (DSES) will provide four flightcritical systems for the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. More specifically, Honeywell will provide its high-performance Inertial Navigation System (INS), the Tactical Navigation Units (TNU), the Low Observable Air Data System (LOADS), and the Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) Radar Altimeter.

Honeywell's ring laser gyro-based Inertial Navigation System will provide precise positioning, heading and stabilization information for navigation and targeting functions throughout the various applications. The INS represents the smallest navigation system that Honeywell has ever provided for military applications.

The Tactical Navigation Units are MEMS-based navigation systems that measure critical rate and acceleration data as required for controlling the aircraft. The TNU's will also provide back-up navigation solutions in case of battle damage or failure of the primary navigation system.

Honeywell and its partner, Avionics Specialties, Inc. (ASI) were selected to provide the Low Observable Air Data System that consists of integrating Honeywell's micromachined MEMS-based pressure sensors with ASI's low observable multi-function probes and flush-mounted static pressure ports. The system consists of two dual redundant multifunction probes along with two dual redundant flush static ports. The air data system provides precise pressure measurements that are used to derive flight-critical information such as air speed, angle-of-attack, altitude, altitude rate and mach as required by the pilot and various other systems on board the aircraft.

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Avionics Specialties, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Aerosonic Corporation of Clearwater, Florida, designs and builds state of the art integrated air data, stall warning, and engine vibration and monitoring systems (EVMS) for both military and commercial aircraft.

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