Navy Wants More GD Super Computers

The U.S. Navy has awarded a $19.3 million contract to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems to produce Type-3 advanced mission computers for the F/A-18E/F and E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft.

These special computers act as the nerve center of the Super Hornet, providing situational awareness and combat systems control to the flight crew, GD officials maintain. General Dynamics has delivered F/A-18 advanced mission computers since 2002.

They’re ruggedized, highly-reliable systems that can process high-speed data flows from the latest sensor technologies, GD officials maintain. The system performs general purpose, input/output, video, voice and graphics processing, and it is designed to operate in the extreme environmental conditions of today’s high-performance fighter aircraft.

“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. “Our long-standing commitment to outfitting this world-class aircraft with our open architecture has provided the Navy with the ability to cost-effectively address obsolescence, increase flexibility and strengthen performance capabilities.”

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  • blight_…

  • tee

    Good Going Navy !

  • Belesari

    Wait reliable and rugged?!

    Cancel this at once and build something less reliable and that cost 200 mil dollars a unit!

    • Restore Palestine

      and then another 200 million to fix it. That will help generate jobs.

      good business thinking. Obama will love this idea.

  • Restore Palestine

    I guess it’s time for GD to outsource some engineering and R&D jobs to India, Russia, and China, or else the navy will have to wait 10-20 years and spend a few hundred billion to get something like the F-22 and the F-35. HaHa.

    • romeo

      Where else would they outsource them?
      Our society don’t believe in math and science.
      But of course, we are going to complain why we outsource all of our jobs.
      Go figure.

      • blight_

        “Our society don’t believe in math and science. ”

        I wonder why. Maybe it’s because our societies heroes are politicians, Hollywood, and businessmen (spanning VC founders, dotcom gajillionaires, hedge fund managers and Wall St). If you’re an applied math guy you either publish proofs or go work as a quant in (voila!) Wall Street.

        If you’re in the physical or life sciences, you write grants nonstop for a diminishing pile of seed money or go work for industry as a skilled cog until your research facility in New Jersey closes for cheaper pastures (Merck, I’m looking at you…!)

        And if you code, you watch as your job market gets tighter and tighter. If you work in HPC; you watch as your jobs get outsourced (witness Royal Bank of Scotland’s bank failure, due to overseas IT borking a firmware update).

        I think Ayn Rand would have a field day.

        What if John Galt’s job was outsourced to India?

  • Steve B.

    Wait !, $19 million ?. So they’re buying like one ?.

  • Duke

    I read that as “Navy Wants More God Damn Super Computers”

  • wlo

    Great! This will give the Chinese something more to hack into.

    • blight_

      Sure, like every Advanced Mission computer is connected to the Series of Tubes In the Air…/sarc

      On the ground, when they are in maintenance and plugged into something with Ethernet you have bigger fish to fry.

  • Charley A

    Type 3 AMC are the older version, so I guess these are replacements for in service aircraft? Maybe type 4 AMC are not ready yet.

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  • TonyC

    The US Navy will be using the F-18E/F/G for a long time, so upgrades are important to keep the fleet as capable as possible. Too bad upgrading to the AESA is cost prohibitive, but the APG-63/71 are very capable RADARS. They are noisey and give awy the position of the F-18 to the enemy too easily. The newer block aircraft all have the AESA, so a mix of older and newer aircraft could perform the mission with the AESA as primary and the older aircraft linked to the newer ones.

    • DJaeger

      F-18s with a legacy RADAR would be APG-65 or APG-73. AESA would not fit in a legacy F-18C/D/A++.Anyway.

  • BlackOwl18E

    Guess what guys? Today the USN admitted that they are seriously considering adding the conformal fuel tanks to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.


    What I find funny is the fact that they said the conformal tanks might cause a decrease in aerodynamic performance for the Super Hornet and that they may need to buy the EPE engines with a 20% increase in thrust to compensate for it. Sounds like they are looking for excuses to buy the other upgrades too. Boeing better be smart about this and start independently funding the development for these immediately so it’s as easy on the USN as possible. The USN is going to have a hard time as it is trying to pull funding away from the F-35 black hole to get this done.

    Was I right or what?