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News Release
Rockwell Collins celebrates expansion of Sydney facility
F-35 Lightning II optical assemblies to be manufactured at plant
SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 20, 2015) - The Honourable Anthony Roberts MP, representing the Premier of
New South Wales and Consul General Hugo Llorens, representing the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, joined
Rockwell Collins executives on Friday to celebrate the expansion of the companys Sydney facility where F35 Lightning II Distributed Aperture System (DAS) optical assemblies will be manufactured.
In 2014, Rockwell Collins signed a long-term agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation to produce
optical assemblies in Australia for the DAS on the Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft.
With the support and investment of the Commonwealth of Australia, were proud to be able to produce this
vital assembly in Australia while showcasing Rockwell Collins Australias precision manufacturing capability
for optics, said Phil Jasper, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Government Systems, for
Rockwell Collins. Having access to new state-of-the-art manufacturing capability located in Australia is a
great example of the truly international nature of the F-35 program.
The DAS is a multifunction infrared system that provides passive, spherical battlespace awareness for F-35
pilots by simultaneously detecting and tracking aircraft and missiles in every direction, as well as providing
visual imagery for day/night navigation.
DAS imagery projected onto the pilots helmet-mounted display provides the capability to, in effect, look
virtually at terrain and the rest of the outside world, through the floor and wings of the aircraft. The DAS
works in conjunction with the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA)
radar and other onboard systems to give pilots an unprecedented degree of situational awareness.
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aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight
deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information
management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more
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