|AH-1Z on display at the MCAS Miramar airshow on October 3, 2008. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Looper5920
[Avionics Today 07-10-2015] The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has selected Northrop Grumman to deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps' H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will provide FlightPro Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AHÃ¢â¬â1Z aircraft.
The lightweight FlightPro Gen III mission computer integrates advanced mission, weapons and video processing capabilities into a conduction-cooled, high-performance airborne computer capable of driving four independent, multi-function displays.
Northrop Grumman will provide identical mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft that make up the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons, resulting in increased commonality across multiple platforms through a shared integrated mission equipment package. The period of performance for this Lot 12 contract is slated for October 2016 through October 2017.