Bowhead to build aviation data management systems for four Navy aircraft carriers
LAKEHURST, N.J., 7 July 2016. U.S. Navy shipboard electronics experts needed real-time data management systems to support aviation operations aboard four aircraft carriers. They found their solution from Bowhead Manufacturing Technologies LLC in Plano, Texas.
Officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Lakehurst, N.J., announced a $9.7 million contract to Bowhead on Wednesday to build four Aviation Data Management and Control System (ADMACS) Block II, Phase 1 ship sets.
The ADMACS is a tactical, real-time data management system that connects the air department, ship divisions, and embarked staff who manage aircraft launch and recovery operations aboard Navy surface warships.
Bowhead will provide ADMACS equipment for the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). The contract also calls for Bowhead to provide additional ADMACS system components.
ADMACS communicates real-time aviation and command-related data across the system’s local area network and the integrated shipboard network system.
Important data, such as the position and location of aircraft on flight and hangar decks, displays electronically in the flight deck control room. ADMACS also displays the status of aircraft launch and recovery equipment (ALRE), fuel, weapons, and other aviation- and ship-related information.
ADMACS provides sailors with a less workload-intensive alternative to the World War II-era Ouija board tabletop models that replicate flight and hangar decks.
The primary goal of ADMACS is to improve air operations effectiveness significantly and reduce sailors' workload through process automation, optimization, and integration of key operational systems, Navy officials say.
On this order Bowhead will do the work in Plano, Texas, and should be finished by December 2017. For more information contact Bowhead Manufacturing Technologies online at www.bowheadsupport.com, or the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division-Lakehurst at www.navair.navy.mil.
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