The U.S. Navy has granted Northrop Grumman a low-rate initial production contract to deliver FlightPro Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters. Under the $10.6-million contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training.
The FlightPro mission computer is known for integrating advanced mission, weapons and video processing capabilities into a conduction-cooled, high-performance airborne computer. The latest model, FlightPro Gen III, features the newest computing technology in multiple partitioned, 8-core PowerPC-based processors. The new mission computer offers increased computing resources and an extended lifetime due to long-term product support from suppliers.
FlightPro Gen III. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman
The Marine Corps is currently using FlightPro Gen II mission computers on the UHÃ¢â¬â1Y Venom and AHÃ¢â¬â1Z Viper platforms and plans to incorporate Gen III computers in future aircraft. Additionally, the FlightPro Gen III mission computer is the foundation of Northrop Grumman's proposed digital cockpit upgrade for the Army's H-60L Black Hawk program.
The fully qualified mission computer is easily configurable for different system requirements by leveraging commercial off-the-shelf technology, model-based software design and an open systems architecture. The computer can provide a partitioned computing environment to customers around the world and is compatible with rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft as well as unmanned aerial systems.
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