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Mercury to support Predator upgrades

CHELMSFORD, Mass., July 14 (UPI) -- Massachusetts-based Mercury Computer Systems Inc. received a contract to provide the Predator unmanned aircraft system with rugged computing technologies.

Mercury was contracted by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. for its rugged computing modules. Under the $2.7 million order, Mercury will provide its RACE(plus)(plus) technologies to support the Predator UAS' Lynx Block 20 synthetic aperture radar technology upgrade.

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Mercury says its RACE(plus)(plus) Series rugged computing modules with the Lynx technologies are designed support the Predator UAS' surveillance and reconnaissance operations.

"The picture-quality imagery provided by the Lynx radar would not be possible without Mercury's reliable, scalable, high-performance computing modules and interconnect technology," Brian Hoerl, Mercury vice president of worldwide sales for advanced computing solutions, said in a statement.

"Our processor upgrades enable the Lynx radar to continue to give the warfighter leading-edge performance within the current size, weight, and power constraints of the UAS. This is yet another demonstration of how our technology road map has enabled customers to seamlessly upgrade their system performance and accelerate their embedded computing applications."

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