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Marines Field New Open Architecture Helicopter Mission Computer

The Marine Corps has fielded the first open-architecture mission-systems computer aboard the UH-1Y utility helicopter and AH-1Z gunship.Northrop Grumman [NOC] manufactured and delivered its Tech Refresh Mission Computer (TRMC) as part of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program, which is replacing UH-1N and AH-1W helicopters with upgraded aircraft with improved capability, commonality, reliability and ease of…

Army Awards L3 Contract For Improved Apache Manned-Unmanned Teaming Hardware

The Army is moving ahead with an effort to team unmanned aircraft with the AH-64 Apache gunship, awarding $97 million in contracts to L3 Technologies [LLL] for improved communication and control systems.L3 received the contracts as part of the Army’s Apache Manned/Unmanned Teaming – eXpanded Capabilities (MUMT-X) helicopter program. The Army is teaming Apaches with Textron Inc.'s…

FAA Grants Flight Worthiness Certificate For Aurora’s Optionally-Piloted UH-1H Helicopter

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Aurora Flight Sciences a flight worthiness certificate for its UH-1H optionally-piloted helicopter, the AEH-1.With this latest certification, announced Nov.1, Aurora is permitted to advance development and testing of aircraft with Optionally-Piloted Aircraft (OPA) capabilities and only a safety pilot required to monitor controls.“The Special Airworthiness Certificate is a…