Northrop Grumman has secured a contract from the US Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command to provide next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter upgrade program.
Under this contract, which is expected to be completed through October 2017, Northrop will be responsible for delivering its FlightPro Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Situational Awareness Systems business unit vice-president Ike Song said: "This contract reaffirms that customer demand is strong and underscores the critical role our proven avionics equipment has in enhancing C4ISR capabilities through helicopter upgrades.
"Our mission computer is ideal for customers who want an open architecture solution that can be applied to multiple platforms, resulting in greater affordability and efficiency."
The UH-1Y and AH-1Z, part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons, will be the first aircraft that benefit from this next-generation mission computer, the company stated.
The Northrop’s solution is capable of combining advanced mission, weapons, and video processing capabilities into an airborne computer that will have a capacity to drive four independent, multi-function displays.
It will provide an increased commonality across multiple platforms through a shared integrated mission equipment package.
According to the company, the dual mission computers are significant part of the integrated avionics system (IAS), which powers the helicopters’ digital cockpits.
The computers offer aircraft performance and flight instruments, onboard sensor and survivability displays, and improved situational awareness and health monitoring information.
Northrop will also supply the operational flight program software that controls the IAS.
Image: Bell UH-1Y during sea trials aboard the US Navy’s Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan. Photo: courtesy of PD-USGOV-MILITARY-MARINES.