The Airborne Solutions division of Elbit Systems of America LLC in Fort Worth, Texas, will redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D mission processor to provide performance and technology improvements, as well as to combat component obsolescence.
Elbit, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd. in Haifa, Israel, is doing the work under terms of a $17.5 million contract from The Boeing Co., the prime systems integrator for the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
Elbit engineers will perform the attack helicopter's technology refresh over five years.
The Block III mission processor provides an open-system computing architecture able to integrate with current and emerging technologies. The new mission processor features 48 processing cores, with support for as many as 80 cores, for general-purpose processing.
The mission processor also has four graphics processors, enhanced video processing, and additional encoding and decoding capabilities.
The mission processor will enable the Apache Block III avionics and mission equipment to perform sophisticated networking and on-board computing, as well as help the attack helicopter to accommodate emerging capabilities.
The mission computer is developed with a system-of-systems approach to support the integration of new systems, sensors, applications, and electronics.
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