U.S. Navy avionics experts needed replacement and repair of flight computers for the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, and AV-8B Harrier strike fighter and electronic warfare combat jets. They found their solution from the General Dynamics Corp. Mission Systems segment in Bloomington, Minn.
The Naval Supply Weapon Systems Support activity in Philadelphia is awarding General Dynamics a five-year $17.3 million contract to repair, replace, and support Advanced Mission Computer (AMC) systems, which are considered mission critical to operations of these aircraft.
The Navy awarded the contract sole-source to General Dynamics. This is an urgent requirement and only General Dynamics was asked to bid on the contract, as the company is the manufacturer of the AMC flight computers for these aircraft. This contract includes a five-year base period and one five-year optional period, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $36.3 million.
General Dynamics designs and builds the Type 3 AMC for the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft, as well as The Mission Systems Computer (MSC) for the AV-8B Harrier jump jet. The AMC is a rugged embedded computer that performs general-purpose, I/O, video, voice, and graphics processing. Communication is over several buses, including 1553, Fiber Optic Fibre Channel, and Local PCI.
On the flight computer upgrade contract, General Dynamics will do the work in Bloomington, Minn., and should be finished by April 2023. For more information contact General Dynamics Mission Systems online at https://gdmissionsystems.com, or the Naval Supply Weapon Systems Support activity at www.navsup.navy.mil.