Radar detector to integrate PowerPC microprocessor

Engineers at the Lockheed Martin Federal Systems division in Owego, N.Y., are upgrading the radar detector subsystem aboard the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopter with the Motorola PowerPC 32-bit microprocessor. This upgrade of the Apache`s AN/APR-48A radar frequency inferometer will replace the system`s existing 16-bit Mil-Std 1750A microprocessor. The new PowerPC-based single-board computer is expected to provide increased performance, as well as lower power consumption, weight,

Mar 1st, 1998

Engineers at the Lockheed Martin Federal Systems division in Owego, N.Y., are upgrading the radar detector subsystem aboard the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache Longbow attack helicopter with the Motorola PowerPC 32-bit microprocessor. This upgrade of the Apache`s AN/APR-48A radar frequency inferometer will replace the system`s existing 16-bit Mil-Std 1750A microprocessor. The new PowerPC-based single-board computer is expected to provide increased performance, as well as lower power consumption, weight, and cost than the 1750A. This $94.4 million contract, from the Army Aviation & Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., follows newly established government guidelines for streamlining acquisition. Lockheed Martin engineers will deliver 207 prime systems and 15 spares under terms of the contract. - J.K.

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