Mercury Computer Awarded Predator Contract

By Tish Drake | July 14, 2009
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Mercury Computer Systems, based in Helmsford, Mass., was awarded a $2.7 million product order from General Atomics to provide its RACE++ Series rugged computing modules for the Predator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Lynx Block 20 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology upgrade. The Lynx family of SAR reconnaissance and surveillance systems are installed on a variety of Predator series UAS. Mercury said it has provided its scalable computing modules and software for General Atomics' Lynx SAR product line since 1998. The Lynx Block 20 radar upgrade is an extension of a production run requested by the U.S. Air Force and will bring the number of signal processing computing modules that Mercury has provided to General Atomics to more than 1,000. "Our processor upgrades enable the Lynx radar to continue to give the warfighter leading-edge performance within the current size, weight and power constraints of the UAS," said Brian Hoerl, vice president of worldwide sales for Advanced Computing Solutions at Mercury.

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