F-35 Lightning


Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first flight of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft on December 15, 2006, with the support of Teletronics Technology Corp. The flight of the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35 variant began at 12:44 p.m. CST at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, when the jet lifted off and began a climb-out to 15,000 feet. F-35 Chief Test Pilot Jon Beesley then performed a series of maneuvers to test aircraft handling and the operation of the engine and subsystems. He returned for a landing at 1:19 pm CST. Two F-16s and an F/A-18 served as chase aircraft. The Joint Strike Fighter is a stealthy, supersonic, multi-role, 5th Generation fighter designed for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, the UK Air force and Royal Navy and seven additional international partner countries.

Teletronics Technology Corporation (TTC) has supported this critical International Aerospace Development Program as a member of the F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) team. TTC has provided the Instrumentation Recording System, Hi-Speed Avionics Bus Interface, Cockpit Display and Control System, Distributed Data Acquisition System, Instrumentation Power Management System, Integrated Instrumentation Airborne Data Processor, Portable Ground Support Units, Hi-Speed Instrumentation Multiplexer System and are currently under contract to provide a Radar Recording System to record data rates up to 160 MBytes/Sec.

LMCO Management recognized the IFT Team and their suppliers; including TTC, for their on-site efforts in the weeks prior to the test to assure that the data collected was in the proper format for analysis. Mansour Radmand, TTC President, stated that “the TTC staff is 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 IPT as a Distinguished Supplier.

The equipment provided is based on the TTC 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. Teletronics specializes in furnishing “commercial off the shelf” (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 US and International Programs including F-22, F-16, F-18E/F, EA-18G Aircraft, Bell 609 and Super Puma Helicopters, as well as UAVs and Missiles. TTC was also selected as the Instrumentation Supplier for the F-35 (JSF) Program and received the 2004 Integrated Test Force Distinguished Supplier Award. TTC is an approved supplier for the US Tri-Service Common Airborne Instrumentation System (CAIS) used on many of these programs. They were also recognized by the US Small Business Administration as Vendor of the Year and are ISO 9001 Certified.