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USMC system for aircraft battle management to be maintained by Lockheed
by Richard Tomkins
Colorado Springs (UPI) Sep 19, 2014


Navy orders advanced mission computers for F/A-18s
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Sep 19, 2014 - Type-3 advanced mission computers for U.S. Navy F/A-18 and E/A-18G aircraft are to be produced by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

The upgraded system is the "nerve center" of the aircraft and provides situational awareness and combat systems control by processing high-speed data rates from aircraft sensors.

The integrated information processing system also performs general purpose video, voice and graphics processing.

"By leveraging commercial off-the-shelf technologies and an open architecture, we are helping the Navy keep lifecycle costs down, while strengthening mission-critical performance capabilities for the flight crew," said John van Dyke, senior director, Sensors and Processing at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

"We look forward to continuing to provide the Navy with our cost-effective, low-risk solution that addresses obsolescence, increases flexibility and helps the nation and its allies advance their mission."

The current AMC on the two aircraft types have been supplied by General Dynamics since 2002.

General Dynamics said that under the $16.2 million award it will also deliver the system to Australia. Work is to be completed by March of 2016.

Lockheed Martin is to update and maintain the U.S. Marine Corps system for managing and monitoring aircraft.

The system is the Virtualized Theater Battle Management Core Systems, which interfaces with Joint Services and Coalition systems to enable synchronized air mission planning.

Under an $18 million award, the company will ensure that TBMCS provides fast access to real-time operations information and has better planning and collaboration tools at reduced sustainment costs. Updates for about 200 integrated software applications -- from large planning tools to smaller "plug-in" applets that allow force status monitoring -- will be provided.

Other responsibilities under the contract include maintaining the system's airspace de-confliction applications for coordination of precision attack and updating system tools for air tasking and airspace control orders.

"By automating the way air power is commanded and controlled, TBMCS provides a seamless information flow that shortens decision cycles," said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. "For nearly two decades, we have managed TBMCS. We'll leverage our years of technical experience to ensure that the system remains aligned to the Marines' overall mission."

Details on the performance period of the contract were not disclosed.

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