Boeing Completes Successful F/A-18F AMC Test Flight

By gguarino | September 10, 2012
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Boeing completed a successful test flight of its Type 4 Advanced Mission Computer (AMC) aboard an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet last week.

The Type 4 is designed to accelerate image and mission processing for the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. Boeing’s new AMC will allow the Navy to incorporate new systems, including a Distributed Targeting System, Infrared Search and Track and a new high-definition touch-screen display into its fleet of Growlers and Hornets. 

The Navy completed a successful 90-minute flight with the Type 4 AMC on a F/A-18F last week at Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, Calif.

General Dynamics is the principal supplier for development of the Type 4 AMC.

"The Type 4 Advanced Mission Computer puts game-changing computing power directly into the hands of the warfighters who fly the Super Hornet and Growler," said Kevin Fogarty, director of Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18G Mission Systems. "Working collaboratively with the U.S. Navy and our industry partners, we are increasing combat capability with anaffordable, evolutionary approach to technology advancements."

Boeing will deliver the first Super Hornets and Growlers equipped with the Type 4 AMC in 2014.

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