Northrop Grumman gets contract for next-generation mission computer

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said it has been awarded a low-rate initial production contract from the US Navy to deliver FlightPro Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters.

Under the USD10.6m contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training.

The lightweight FlightPro mission computer is renowned for integrating advanced mission, weapons and video processing capabilities into a conduction-cooled, high-performance airborne computer. The latest model, FlightPro Gen III, features the newest computing technology in multiple partitioned, 8-core PowerPC-based processors. The new mission computer offers increased computing resources and an extended lifetime due to long-term product support from suppliers.

Northrop Grumman´s FlightPro mission computer has proven its high performance and adaptability on US Marine Corps and Army platforms. The Marine Corps is using FlightPro Gen II mission computers on the UH‑1Y Venom and AH‑1Z Viper platforms and plans to incorporate Gen III computers in future aircraft. Additionally, the FlightPro Gen III mission computer is the foundation of Northrop Grumman´s proposed digital cockpit upgrade for the Army´s H-60L Black Hawk program.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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