BAE supplies P-8A systems

March 10, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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GREENLAWN, N.Y., March 10 (UPI) -- BAE Systems in the United States will provide mission computer systems for U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft, developed by a Boeing-led team.

The monetary value of the six systems to be provided wasn't disclosed.

BAE Systems' mission computer system for the P-8A is a flexible and ruggedized processing platform that can be configured to meet the general purpose, input and output, video, voice and graphics processing needs for modern military battle management requirements.

"The P-8A possesses an advanced mission computer system built by BAE Systems that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space," said Gary Rubasch, P-8A program manager for BAE Systems. "It will influence how the Navy's Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces operate and deploy."

The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The Navy plans to purchase about 117 P-8A aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet.

Initial operational capability is planned for 2013.

BAE Systems achieved a significant P-8A milestone last June, completing the mission computer system qualification testing. Boeing also successfully completed the program's first mission systems test flight in Seattle the same month.

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