The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $19.3 million contract to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers (AMC) for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002.
The AMC provides situational awareness and combat systems control to the flight crew. A ruggedized, high-performance, high-reliability mission and display-processing system, the AMC can process high-speed data flows from the latest sensor technologies. The system performs general purpose, input/output, video, voice and graphics processing, and it is designed to operate in the extreme environmental conditions of today's high-performance fighter aircraft.
"Last year we hit a major milestone with the delivery of the 1,500th advanced mission computer to the U.S. Navy in support of the Super Hornet program," said Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. "Our long-standing commitment to outfitting this world-class aircraft with our open architecture has provided the Navy with the ability to cost-effectively address obsolescence, increase flexibility and strengthen performance capabilities."
General Dynamics uses commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and an open architecture to allow for rapid technology insertions to enhance capability and keep lifecycle costs down. This contract will be performed primarily at the General Dynamics facility in Bloomington, Minn., where it is supported by more than 125 employees. This work under this contract will be completed by the end of 2014.