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Northrop Delivers 100th CNI System for F-35 Fighter; Mike Twyman Comments

northrop-Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman has delivered the 100th communications, navigation and identification system for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

The AN/ASQ-242 CNI system is based on Northrop’s software-defined radio technology for the fifth-generation fighter’s operations, including Multifunction Advanced Data Link and friend or foe identification, the company said Monday.

Mike Twyman, Northrop Grumman Information Systems general manager for defense systems, said the CNI system underwent flight tests and was used for pilot and maintainer training activities.

“The Northrop Grumman team is focused on continuous improvement, lot to lot, for schedule, quality and cost as we prepare for high-rate F-35 production,” he added.

As a prime contractor for the F-35 program, Northrop Grumman also provides Lockheed Martin with the center fuselage, radar and electro-optical subsystem, mission systems and mission planning software, pilot and maintenance training courseware, and low-observable technologies support and maintenance.

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