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Monday, October 25, 2010

AH-1Z Completes Operational Evaluation

Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Avionics System (IAS) and the company's integration support were key elements in the successful completion of Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) for the U.S. Marine Corps AH-1Z Cobra, its newest attack helicopter system.

The Northrop Grumman IAS onboard the AH-1Z helicopters makes critical mission data available to the pilot and co-pilot on four displays, reducing workload and increasing aircrew situational awareness. The glass cockpit is powered by two Northrop Grumman mission computers, the heart of the IAS, that allow for easy system upgrades as new technology is developed. The mission computers provide centralized control of the IAS, interface with the tactical moving map, and display health monitoring information. The AH-1Z Cobra's IAS features precision targeting and control of the weapons system with enhanced accuracy.

The AH-1Z Cobra helicopters are part of the U.S. Marine Corps H-1 Upgrade Program. The program's goal is to replace AH-1W helicopters with new and remanufactured AH-1Zs which provide significant improvements in commonality, reliability and maintainability in addition to increased functionality.
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