Military Embedded Systems

Navy F/A-18 mission computer contract won by General Dynamics


September 30, 2014

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

FAIRFAX, Va. – General Dynamics Advanced Information System won a $16.2 million U.S. Navy contract to produce Type-3 Advanced Mission Computers (AMC) for the F/A-18 E/A-18G Super Hornet aircraft. The F/A-18 AMC is the nerve center of the Super Hornet and provides situational awareness and combat systems control.

Under the contract, General Dynamics will produce, build, test, and deliver the Type-3 AMCs to the Navy and Australia. The ruggedized, high-performance AMC processes high-speed data rates from aircraft sensors in extreme environmental conditions. The integrated information processing system also enables general purpose, input/output, video, voice and graphics processing, and can be configured to any operating environment.

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

Contract work will be performed primarily at the General Dynamics facility in Bloomington, Minn. It is expected to be completed by spring of 2016.


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