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USMC fields Northrop’s mission computer

7th November 2017 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Northrop Grumman’s next-generation mission computer has been fielded by the US Marine Corps on the UH‑1Y and AH-1Z helicopters, the company announced on 2 November.

Delivered as part of the marine corps' H-1 Upgrade programme, the company’s Tech Refresh 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.

The mission computer provides centralised display and control of all Integrated Avionics System functions, including aircraft performance and flight instruments, onboard sensor and survivability displays, and improved

situational awareness and health monitoring information.

Northrop Grumman is also providing 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.

According to the company, its open systems architecture enables easy system upgrades, rapid insertion of new and emerging technologies and integration of other platform avionics, communication, onboard sensors and survivability equipment.

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