General Dynamics receives $6.1 million contract from US Navy
Sep 13, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
General Dynamics Advanced Information System, a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation, has received $6.1 million contract from the US Navy to support the implementation of the Future Airborne Capability Environment, or FACE, application program interface onto a new open systems processor card in the mission system computer for the AV-8B Harrier II jet.
Under the 18-month contract, General Dynamics will upgrade the Harrier's mission computers to provide a common operating environment that supports faster, less expensive integration of common applications.
The FACE technical standard strengthens the US military's ability to address software obsolescence and enhances software portability and interoperability across the various Department of Defense airborne platforms. It is designed to reduce lifecycle costs, foster a competitive avionics marketplace and facilitate the adoption of new technologies supported by an open architecture environment, the company said.
"We continuously look to implement technologies and solutions that reduce the costs of existing customer platforms," said Mike Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Mission Integration Systems division.
"Our work with the Navy on this contract exemplifies that philosophy. With sustainability and flexibility in mind, our open architecture design provides the Navy with a computing foundation that enables the quick, low-cost integration of emerging technologies and applications. This makes it possible for our customers to more rapidly and cost-effectively address their constantly evolving mission requirements."
Under this contract, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems will configure the AV-8B's mission system computers with a second, third-generation open systems processor. This configuration will include FACE software upgrades to host required navigation performance (RNP) and area navigation (RNAV) applications which are being integrated by the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Directorate.
Once configured with the new open systems processor, General Dynamics will perform rigorous qualification testing of the mission computer hardware and core system software. The government will then conduct testing to ensure that the upgraded mission system computers support flight clearance and fleet introduction. General Dynamics will also provide technical support to the FACE implementation team, including the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Directorate, the company added.
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