Boeing and the U.S. Navy have finished the first flight test of the Advanced Mission Computer (AMC) for the Super Hornet and Growler.
The new AMC Type 4 is supposed to strengthen the performance and computing capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.
AMC is meant to enhance image and mission processing capabilities. It will also assist in integrating new applications into the aircraft such as the Distributed Targeting System, Infrared Search and Track, and high-definition touch-screen display.
It was installed on a Navy F/A-18F for a flight test that lasted for 90 minutes. The test was conducted at Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California.
The Super Hornet can be deployed for various missions such as air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, and close air support.
The Growler is a unique aircraft that can perform full-scale electronic attack capabilities, targeting, and self-defense features which are taken from the F/A-18E/F Block II Super Hornet.
The first batch of Super Hornets and Growlers fitted with the Type 4 AMC are set for delivery in 2014. The AMC is sourced from General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.
Kevin Fogarty, director of Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18G Mission Systems, said that the Type 4 AMC directly supplies computing capability into the hands of warfighters flying the Super Hornet and Growler.
He added that the company is working closely with industry partners and the U.S. Navy to create an economical and innovative product.