Orbit Won the Competition for F-16 3D Audio System
24 August, 2020
The Agreement includes development, production, and sustainment of a unique audio management systems valued at an estimated contract of $46 million
The next generation avionics suite of the F-16 will use Combat 3D Audio Management System to allow a 360-degree clear audio experience with significant benefits for pilots, including increased situational awareness and reduced workload and fatigue. When the pilot is using the 3D Audio, the sounds are heard from the spacial relative location of the source. A missile incoming warning sound is coming from the relative position of the missile, and a communication with the control tower is heard as if it is coming from from the direction of the tower location.
Orbit Communication Systems announced that Lockheed Martin selected its Orion Combat 3D Audio Management System (3D-AMS) for the next generation avionics suite of the F-16. The Long-Term Agreement includes development, production, and sustainment of audio management systems valued at an estimated contract of $46 million. The F-16 is one of the most produced 4th generations jets. Approximately 3,000 aircraft are flying today in more than 25 countries.
The win will also create an ecosystem to support the Lockheed Martin’s F-21 offering (photo below), specifically configured for the Indian Air Force’s Multi Role Fighter Aircraft Competition. For the F-21 in particular, Orbit plans to partner with ELCOM and Radiant CPC, who will be designated as the vital sub-contractors within India.
Orion system is based on a patented Dual IP Ring, in which the Communication Control Panels (CCP) are linked via Ethernet/AFDX Dual IP Ring. The CCP is comprised of an operator panel and a communication switch, eliminating the need for a central communications unit. Each CCP adds capabilities and dedicated processing power per member in an incremental manner. Thus. the topology allows for implementation of processing-intensive algorithms, such as 3D Audio, Adaptive Noise Reduction and Voice-Activated Detection.
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