Indigo Systems Awarded F-35 JSF Contract by Northrop Grumman to Deliver Infrared Sensors

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Goleta, Calif. -- Indigo Systems was awarded a major contract by Northrop Grumman Corp., Electronic Systems to deliver infrared (IR) Integrated Detective Assemblies (IDAs) for the 21st century F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) program.

The F-35 is a multi-role, supersonic stealth aircraft designed for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as several foreign partners.

The F-35 program represents the largest military procurement contract in U. S. history, with an estimated value of more than $200 billion over the life of the program. Northrop Grumman is a key member of the Lockheed Martin JSF team that won the Defense Department contract on October 26, 2001. The plans are to provide more than 3,000 F-35s over the life of the program to the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and United Kingdom Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Other international customers are expected to order as many as 2,300 additional aircraft.

Indigo Systems will design, develop, test and deliver the mega-pixel class IR integrated detective assemblies for the distributed aperture system (DAS) on the F-35. The DAS will use a number of separate sensors, each containing IDAs, strategically mounted on the JSF aircraft to support various mission functions. The DAS sensors using the IDAs developed by Indigo will capture real-time imagery which will then be stitched together by an image processor to provide streaming video footage that can be displayed on the pilot's helmet-mounted video monitor.

Indigo Systems Corp. is a premier developer and supplier of advanced infrared cameras and components, covering the entire infrared spectrum including near-, midwave- and longwave-IR. For more information, visit



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