Navy Orders Northrop Mission Computers for Marine Corps’ Viper, Venom Choppers

FlightPro(TM) Gen IIINorthrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) will provide mission computers to the U.S. Marine Corps for two types of attack helicopters under a $10.6 million low-rate initial production contract.

The Marines use the company’s second-generation Flight Pro computers on the UH‑1Y Venom and AH‑1Zk Viper helicopters and plans to install the third-generation computer on future rotorcraft, Northrop said Thursday.

The new contract covers computers for flight tests, system integration laboratories and training exercises.

FlightPro computers are built to integrate mission, weapons and video processing features into a single conduction-cooled, airborne computer.

For the third-generation computers, the company integrated several 8-core PowerPC-based processors that are built to be partitioned.

Northrop has included third-generation computer in its proposal to upgrade digital cockpits in the Army’s fleet of H-60L Black Hawk helicopters.

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