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Boeing to redesign flight recorder technology for naval aircraft

By James LaPorta
Boeing to redesign flight recorder technology for naval aircraft
An EA-18G Growler, assigned to the Cougars of Electronic Attack Squadron 139, takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Colemanberry/U.S. Navy

May 22 (UPI) -- Boeing was awarded a contract by the Defense Department for services in support of F/A-18 A-F Hornets, Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers for the U.S. Navy and Australia.

The contract award from Naval Air Systems Command is valued at more than $22.6 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price task order for "non-recurring engineering required for the redesign of the Data Bus Interface Unit and the Deployable Flight Incident Recorder of the Deployable Flight Incident Recording Set," the Pentagon said.

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F/A-18 A-F Hornets and Super Hornets are twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft fighter jets and the EA-18G Growlers is an an electronic warfare aircraft, according to the Navy.

The Pentagon said that the redesigns will address "obsolescence issues, as well as provide for additional memory and a 406 MHz beacon capability," in addition to other hardware and software to support the redesign of the Deployable Flight Incident Recording Set system.

Work on the contract will occur in Missouri, California, as well as Canada and is expected to be complete in July 2022.

The total cumulative amount of the contract will be obligated to Boeing from Navy fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement and foreign military sale funds, the Pentagon said.

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The obligated funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year in September.

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