Military Embedded Systems

COTS open-architecture modules from Curtiss-Wright will upgrade F-22 avionics, mission-processing systems


April 07, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany A. Emery

DAVIDSON, N.C. Curtiss-Wright Corp. announced that it has won a contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (a Lockheed Martin company headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas) to supply its rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) processor module technology to upgrade the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor tactical fighter aircraft. 

Operating under the terms of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) mandated Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), Curtiss-Wright is supplying its open standards-based processor card to upgrade the aircraft’s central integrated processor (CIP), which enables data and signal processing for the F-22’s radar, sensors, electronic warfare, and other compute-intensive systems.

Lynn M. Bamford, president and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corp., said of the contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics: “Curtiss-Wright is very proud to be the first vendor selected to supply COTS processing technology for use on the F-22 Raptor, supporting the DoD’s vigorous mandate to bring the benefits of the Modular Open Systems Approach to deployed platforms. Our commitment to championing the use of industry-leading open standards solutions, as evidenced in the formation of our MOSA Task Force, is unwavering, and it is very exciting to see this vision realized on the USAF’s leading tactical fighter. We look forward to supporting many more important platforms and programs as the DoD’s movement to open architecture electronics systems continues to expand and accelerate.”

Shipments of the modules began in the last quarter of 2020 and are scheduled to run through 2023. 

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