The United States Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to provide the next generation of mission computers for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter upgrade program. In this contract, Northrop Grumman will be expected to deliver its FlightPro Gen III mission computers for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft. Both of these aircraft, the AH-1Z and UH-1Y, will be the first couple of aircraft that will benefit from Northrop Grumman’s next-generation mission computer.
This next-generation of airborne computers will have the capabilities of driving four independent, multi-functional displays which will have the ability to combine advanced mission, weapons, and video processing capabilities. This advanced technology will allow for an increased familiarity across various different platforms through Northrop Grumman’s integrated mission equipment package.
"This contract reaffirms that customer demand is strong and underscores the critical role our proven avionics equipment has in enhancing C4ISR capabilities through helicopter upgrades,” said Ike Song, vice president of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Situational Awareness Systems business unit. "Our mission computer is ideal for customers who want an open architecture solution that can be applied to multiple platforms, resulting in greater affordability and efficiency."
According to Northrop Grumman, their dual mission computers play a significant role in the integrated avionics system (IAS), which powers the helicopters’ digital cockpits. Their computers provide for improved situational awareness, health monitoring information, onboard sensors, survivability displays, as well as instruments for aircraft performance and flight. In addition to supplying these next-generation computers, Northrop Grumman will also provide the operational flight program software that will control the IAS. The expected completion date of this contract will be in October of 2017.
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