EMC Testing to be Performed on F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Model

The United States Joint Strike Fighter Program Office has requested the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) to study the effect of electromagnetic compatibility and interference on a full-scale model of an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

The aircraft, known as Iron Bird, will be subjected to simulated electromagnetic conditions, including lightning and broadcast transmissions, to ensure the performance and safety of the aircraft. The F-35A JSF aircraft contains highly complex electronics and sophisticated software that is enclosed in a structural airframe made of composite materials. Through the testing, the DSTO will learn how different interferences affect the aircraft; potentially provide cost reductions of owning a fleet of F-35As, and improving the capabilities of the aircrafts.

Read more about the EMC testing to be performed on the Iron Bird aircrafts.