In addition to radars, the company makes the center fuselage and wing skins for the aircraft, produces and maintains several sensor systems, avionics, mission systems and mission-planning software, electronic warfare simulation test capability and low-observable technologies.
Northrop Grumman has more 900 employees in the Dayton region and across the state of Ohio, spokesman Vic Beck told this news outlet. The company has some 90,000 employees nationwide.
Responding to questions about the new radar system Thursday, Beck declined to elaborate beyond the release.
Last year, the F-35 Joint Program Office’s Hybrid Product Support Integrator moved to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“The capability of the F-35 advanced radar will enhance the DoD’s ability to execute the National Defense Strategy in the future. Therefore, certain information will continue to be protected by enhanced security measures due to the critical nature of the technology,” the Wright-Patterson office said in an email to the Dayton Daily News.
The new radar is planned for fielding in Lot 17 of the F-35′s production and delivery schedule, said Russell Goemaere, an Air Force public affairs officer.
In December, the Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin announced a new agreement for 145 F-35s for Lot 15, 127 for Lot 16, and up to 126 for Lot 17. The current global fleet stands at 894 aircraft after 141 deliveries in 2022, the office and company said.
Contract details beyond Wednesday’s announcement were not available, Goemaere said.