Northrop Grumman Awarded H-1 Helicopter Mission Computer Contract by U.S. Navy
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman
Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Air
Systems Command to provide Gen II mission computers for the H-1 Upgrade
Under the $9.3 million firm-fixed-price order, Northrop Grumman will supply
Gen II mission computers and trays for the H-1 Upgrade program's Lot 10
production aircraft. Deliveries are expected to be completed by January 2015.
Dual mission computers are the heart of Northrop Grumman's Integrated Avionics
System (IAS) that powers H-1 helicopters' glass cockpits. The mission
computers provide centralized control of the IAS, interface with the tactical
moving map, and display both situational awareness and health monitoring
information. Additionally, the IAS and mission computers feature an open,
modular architecture that allows for system upgrades and insertion of new
"The high-performance mission computers have proven their reliability and
superior value supporting ongoing missions such as Operation Enduring Freedom
in Afghanistan," said Ike Song, vice president of Northrop Grumman's
Situational Awareness Systems business unit. "They offer advanced computing
and video processing capabilities to help ensure pilot safety."
The mission computers will be used onboard UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters that
make up the Marine light attack helicopter squadrons. Critical mission data is
shown on four displays, reducing workload and increasing aircrew situational
The H-1 Upgrade program involves replacing aging AH-1W and UH-1N helicopters
with upgraded UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft, providing significant improvements in
commonality, reliability and maintainability. This reduces life cycle and
training costs, and decreases the logistics footprint for both aircraft.
Additionally, the upgraded helicopters have 100 percent software commonality
through Northrop Grumman's IAS and the same operational flight program. Both
the UH-1Y and AH-1Z are in full-rate production by Bell Helicopter Textron
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative
systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and
logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.
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