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AV-8Bs to Receive New Wiring as Part of Upgrade Program

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AV-8B attack run(click to view full) Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis, MO received a $5.6 million order against previously-issued basic ordering agreement N00019-05-G-0026. The order procures engineering change proposal 270-R2 1760 wiring kits to upgrade 30 AV-8B Harrier II aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (70%) and Samarate, Italy (30%), and is expected to be complete in November 2007. Contract funds in the amount of $882,424 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract. So why is new wiring important? From “Department Of The Navy Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Budget Estimates: Justification Of Estimates February 2004” may help to shed some light on things: “The current AV-8B avionics do not have sufficient processor throughput and memory to support planned system upgrades. The OSCAR program will update the existing, obsolete avionics using Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) open system architecture hardware that runs object-oriented design (OOD) and higher order language (HOL) software. This OSIP supports the procurement and retrofit installation of the Mission System Computer (MSC) [see DID articles here and here] and Warfare Management Computer (WMC) being developed under the […]

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