2/5/2004 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced that Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has licensed its RACE++® Series multicomputers for use in the Integrated Core Processing (ICP) system of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The agreement includes the initial design of the module development phase of the ICP for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business. Mercury’s multiprocessor technology will be used in the signal processor (SP) and signal processor input/output (SPIO) modules. As part of the agreement, Mercury will continue to team with Raytheon to refresh the technology throughout the lifetime of the F-35 development program, which is scheduled for completion in 2012. Raytheon contracts with Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), general contractor of the F-35 JSF program, for the ICP module development phase.
The ICP is the sensor processing system for the F-35 and is implemented in an open-system architecture designed to maximize the use of standards-based, commercially available products. Lockheed Martin’s ICP is a liquid-cooled, ruggedized multicomputer capable of performing 40 billion sustained operations per second. The onboard system enables the F-35 to perform multi-mission computing to process electronic warfare, electro-optical, infrared and radar data.
"This collaboration enables Raytheon to leverage Mercury’s research and development investments while providing Lockheed Martin with faster time to market and a lower total cost of ownership in the largest government contract ever issued," said Barry Isenstein, vice president and general manager of Mercury Computer Systems’ Defense Electronics Group. "The adaptation of our commercial technology for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter underscores Mercury’s leadership as a top supplier of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. Mercury will provide the benefits of a rapidly advancing architecture, and Raytheon will provide the manufacturing and support required for a deployed fighter aircraft."
Mercury’s signal processing systems were used in the Concept Demonstration Phase (CDP) of the JSF, and its RACE++ Series PowerStream® systems were selected for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the aircraft fleet.
The F-35 program has been gearing up for production and remains on schedule for the first flight in late 2005. Current plans call for delivery of the first F-35 to the armed forces in 2008, and more than 2,500 aircraft are expected to be delivered to the United States and United Kingdom by 2030. The single-engine F-35 will be manufactured in three versions: a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant for the U.S. Air Force, an aircraft carrier version (CV) for the U.S. Navy, and a short-takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) version for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Royal Air Force, and the Royal Navy.
"Raytheon is continuing to innovate in the adaptation of COTS products for advanced multi-mission computing," said Erv Grau, vice president of Air Combat Avionics, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. "Mercury’s signal processing systems and architecture help support our customers’ mission requirements."
"Incorporating COTS technology into an open-system architecture throughout the F-35 will enable frequent technology updates at low cost," said Bob Coultas, hardware program manager for the ICP for Lockheed Martin. "Open-system architecture is based on the use of commercial, standard interfaces that enable the program to take advantage of commercial technologies for more supportable, lower-cost designs. Affordability is the cornerstone of the F-35 program, and has been designed into the F-35 aircraft from day one."
The F-35 advances stealth technology by greatly reducing the maintenance required for low-observable materials upkeep, and by bringing stealth out of the realm of specialized night missions and into round-the-clock service. Information fusion, dramatically increased unrefueled range, precision all-weather targeting, and reduced reliance on support personnel and equipment are among the capabilities combined into a single strike fighter for the first time. Among the aircraft F-35 is suitable for replacing are the AV-8B Harrier, A-10, F-16, F/A-18 and United Kingdom’s Harrier GR.7 and Sea Harrier.
Mercury and Raytheon have collaborated on the U2, Global Hawk, and United Kingdom Ministry of Defence Airborne Standoff Radar (ASTOR) programs.
Additional information and photographs of the F-35 JSF are available on Lockheed Martin’s web site at: www.lmaeronautics.com/products/combat_air/x-35/index.html. Mercury disclaims any responsibility for the statements included on this website.
About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading supplier of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury’s products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms, the company’s systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury’s systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection.
Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors. For more info about Mercury Computer Systems, visit mc.com.
About Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) designs, develops and manufactures advanced systems for precision engagement; missile defense; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., SAS has 11,000 employees and additional facilities in Goleta, Calif.; Forest, Miss.; Dallas, McKinney and Plano, Texas; and several international locations.
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