Mission Processing

Open systems processing for mission success: Harris brings over 35 years of innovative mission systems processing and networking experience to integrated core processors for combat aircraft.

Proven Track Record of Reliable Manufacturing and Delivery

As part of every F-35 aircraft, Harris delivers more than 1,500 module components, 58 network interface units, 21 power supplies, 13 antennas, 8 weapon release systems, 7 integrated racks, and 3 antenna interface units. Since program inception, that totals more than one million items delivered with 99.95% on-time product delivery, thanks in part to flexible production facilities with effective surge capacity. In fact, Harris production capacity has grown over four times the original footprint since the start of F-35 production.

Cost-Effective Solutions That Exceed Technical Requirements

Working with industry partners, Harris has exceeded F-35 technical requirements for advanced avionics and delivered as-promised on price by implementing affordability initiatives. Our initiatives exceeded affordability targets, and resulted in 64% cost reduction since program inception. Cost reductions are not a trade-off for technology. We’ve continued to meet or exceed technical requirements for the racks and network interface units on the F-35, providing higher performance through vibration isolation and thermal management.

Building on the successful deliveries of open systems processing products for the F-22 and F/A-18, Harris was selected to upgrade the F-35 Aircraft Memory System (AMS) and the Panoramic Cockpit Display Electronic Unit (PCD EU). The AMS provides solid-state mass storage capability for F-35 avionics subsystems, and the PCD EU provides processing for the panoramic head-down display in the cockpit using growth-enabling open architecture.

Ruggedized COTS Hardware for High Performance Combat Aircraft

Industry partners rely on Harris’ proven capabilities to bring integrated systems from design to production with minimal risk, and to continue open system architecture research and development to advance next-generation aircraft capabilities. We specialize in developing ruggedized processor boards using industrial commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware to advance the state of mission processing capability. Harris expertise in multi-level security (MLS) ensures that vital mission data remains protected while using common components. These innovative systems processors are purpose-built for operational flexibility in battlefield conditions and are more cost-effective to upgrade.