US: The Navy has awarded a low-rate initial production contract to Northrop Grumman to deliver the company’s FlightPro Gen III mission computers for the AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters. The USD 10.6 million contract will provide the Navy with mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training. The FlightPro Gen III mission computer is used to integrate advanced mission, weapons and video processing capabilities into a conduction cooled, high performance computer. Using as open systems architecture, the computer will be equipped with twin multi-core processors and advanced graphics and video capabilities. The processors represent the latest computing technology in multiple partitioned, eight-core PowerPC-based processors. The Marine Corps is planning to incorporate Gen III computers in all future aircraft.
The mission computer is the central flight avionics collection point for all of the electronics on the aircraft. The computer manages the helicopter’s incoming warning and caution advisories, communications systems, navigational data, controls and displays, multiple sources of simultaneous video, and keyset selection data. In addition to the AH-1Z and the UH-1Y, the FlightPro Gen III mission computer can be installed in other rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft as well as unmanned aerial systems.
Source: Defense system