General Dynamics was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to support the implementation of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) application program interface onto a new Open Systems Processor card in the mission system computer for the AV-8B Harrier II jet.

Under the $6.1 million 18-month contract, General Dynamics will upgrade the Harrier’s mission computers to provide a common operating environment.

Under this contract, General Dynamics will configure the AV-8B’s mission system computers with a second, third-generation open systems processor. General Dynamics will also provide technical support to the FACE implementation team, including the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Directorate.

General Dynamics is the sole designer, developer and manufacturer of the mission system computer for the Harrier jets and the Advanced Mission Computers that are used on F/A-18E, F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft.

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