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General Dynamics Building Super Hornet Computers; Lou Von Thaer Comments

GDlogoGeneral Dynamics (NYSE: GD) has won a $19.3 million contract to build mission computers for two types of U.S. Navy fighter jets, both built by Boeing (NYSE: BA).

Flight crews on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler jets use the computers for controlling combat systems and situational awareness, the company said Wednesday.

The company has provided the computers to the Navy since 2002.

“Last year we hit a major milestone with the delivery of the 1, 500th advanced mission computer to the U.S. Navy in support of the Super Hornet program, ” said Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics’ advanced information systems unit.

Von Thaer added the company uses open architecture to build the Type-3 computers.

The computers are built to process video, voice and graphics data provided by sensors.

More than 125 employees will perform contract work in Bloomington, Minn. through late 2014.

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