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USAF Tests Battlespace Information Solution On AC-130 Gunship

Twenty-five aircraft are planned to be modified under a Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Tool (FAST) prime contract from Lockheed Martin.
by Staff Writers
Cedar Rapids IA (SPX) Oct 31, 2008
The U.S. Air Force's AC-130 Gunship fleet recently reached an important milestone with the successful first flight of a modified AC-130 that provides the platform with unprecedented access to battlespace information.

The upgrade features the Rockwell Collins Data Link Processor (DLP) and OpenEdge(tm) net-enablement software hosted on an Integrated Processing Cabinet (IPC 8303) to provide seamless integration of Link 16 and Cursor on Target (CoT) functionality.

Rockwell Collins supplies the data and display processing systems to BAE Systems, who will integrate the Link 16 capabilities onto the platform.

Twenty-five aircraft are planned to be modified under a Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Tool (FAST) prime contract from Lockheed Martin.

"This low-cost solution makes use of Rockwell Collins' Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for simple and seamless integration on the AC-130 that will greatly enhance the warfighter's situational awareness," said Phil Jasper, vice president and general manager of Mobility and Rotary Wing Solutions for Rockwell Collins.

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