F-35 Lightning


A key system produced by Teletronics Technology Corporation supported the initial series of engine runs – including full afterburner tests – in the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter on Sept. 15-18. The aircraft’s first flight is planned for later this year.

Teletronics Technology Corporation (TTC), Newtown, PA is the supplier of the Airborne Instrumentation Data Acquisition System (IDAS) used to validate the performance of the F-35 during the System Development and Demonstration phase (SDD) of this critical combat aircraft program. The Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is a stealthy, supersonic, multi-role, 5th Generation fighter designed for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

The P&W F135 is the most powerful engine ever in a jet fighter, producing 40,000 pounds of thrust. The aircraft is tied down during engine ground tests. A mobile mission control facility is used to monitor the engine and aircraft systems operations through measurements telemetered from the aircraft. More than 3600 measurements were relayed to the mobile facility from the TTC aircraft instrumentation system during the tests.

TTC also provides the software and support used for on-site programming, preflight checkout and data downloading for analysis including the critical IEEE-1394 Bus parameters. The Bus messages are processed for both 100% recording and selected safety of test information.

Lockheed Martin management recognized the Integrated Test Force (ITF) Team and their suppliers, including TTC, for their on-site efforts in the weeks prior to the test. Mansour Radmand, TTC President, stated that “the TTC staff was proud to be part of this historic program and that TTC recognizes that service and support are essential to our customers.” TTC was previously recognized by the F-35 Integrated Product Team as a Distinguished Supplier.

The equipment provided is based on the TTC “Commercial Off The Shelf” (COTS)
modular data acquisition system using the Tri-Service Approved, Common Airborne Instrumentation System (CAIS) Bus Architecture. The system configuration is an open architecture permitting interfaces with a variety of sensors, avionics and mission control buses, networks, recorders, displays, processors, telemetry transmitters, all under dynamic control to optimize the data acquisition, analysis and storage for the required test parameters under evaluation.

TTC specializes in furnishing COTS products and systems for commercial, industrial and military/aerospace applications and programs. The products include Signal Conditioning, Digital and Analog Data Acquisition, Solid State Recording, RF Telemetry, Flight Safety Systems, On-Board Data Analysis & Display, and PC Software support for on-site programming and pre-flight checkout and data downloading.

TTC is the world premier supplier of data acquisition systems and has previously supplied products and services to many U.S. and international programs including military and commercial aircraft, and helicopters, including the Presidential Helicopter, as well as UAVs, missiles, launch vehicles and spacecraft. TTC is an approved supplier for the U.S. Tri-Service Common Airborne Instrumentation System (CAIS) used on many of these programs. They were also recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Vendor of the Year and are ISO 9001 Certified.