Avionics computers for Navy combat jets come from General Dynamics in $30.6 million contract

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 March 2010. Avionics computer systems designers at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Bloomington, Minn., will provide the U.S. Navy with 118 type-3 advanced mission computers for carrier-based F/A-18 and E/A-18G jet fighter-bomber and electronic warfare aircraft under terms of a $30.6 million contract announced Friday.

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PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 March 2010.Avionics computer systems designers at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in Bloomington, Minn., will provide the U.S. Navy with 118 type-3 advanced mission computers for carrier-based F/A-18 and E/A-18G jet fighter-bomber and electronic warfare aircraft under terms of a $30.6 million contract announced Friday.

The advanced mission computer is a rugged computer processor for avionics that can be configured to meet the general purpose digital I/O, video, voice, and graphics processing needs of military avionics.

Built on an open-systems architecture to enable rapid technology insertion, the advanced mission computer uses commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology to provide high-performance computing for laboratory use or in harsh-environment avionics, ground-based, and shipboard computing applications.

The advanced mission computer is suitable for a variety of applications, ranging from embedded module functions to full-scale multi-computer configurations in applications such as mission processing, display processing, stores management, and information management.

The contract to General Dynamics is for full-rate production of 118 Type 3 advanced mission computers. Work will be in Bloomington, Minn., and should be finished by December 2011. Awarding the contract were officials of the Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.

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