GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has contracted General Electric Aviation to support the AV-8B Harrier aircraft with next-generation radar-display technologies.
U.S. company GE was contracted by the Navy to develop new radar-display computer technologies that strengthen the functionality of the system for the AV-8B Harrier II Plus, a short-takeoff vertical landing tactical strike aircraft.
"GE is applying new technology to the AV-8B's radar display computer, enabling the addition and modification of software functionality for the Harrier," Stuart Mullan, president of the military business unit for GE Aviation Systems, said in a statement.
"In addition to providing an advanced technology to the U.S. Navy, the system will facilitate upgrades to address the future needs of the U.S. Marine Corps."
Under the more than $16 million development deal, GE will be required to deliver development plans for the AV-8B by 2011.