Boeing Provides Processors for 6U VPX Signal Processing and Targeted Computing Network for Combat Aircraft

PHILADELPHIA – US Navy combat electronics experts ask Boeing Co. to provide components for data and signal processing targeting computer for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet-fighter-bomber and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare (EW) jet fighter under the terms of a $43.8 million order announced Tuesday.

Officials from the Weapons Systems Support segment of the Naval Supply Systems Command in Philadelphia ask the Boeing Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis for 72 units processor and target lo for the Distributed Targeting Processor-Network (DTP-N) system on Super Hornet and Growler aircraft.

The DTP-N of the L3Harris Technologies Inc. The Space & Airborne Systems segment in Palm Bay, Florida, is a powerful data and signal processing computer that bridges the gaps between Hornet and Growler onboard and external data networks in real time. The DTP-N) is 17 times more powerful than the previous systems.

DTP-N helps reduce pilot workload by providing actionable information on the large Super Hornet and Growler display. It has the power to quickly compute algorithms to face the complex battlespace of the future, L3Harris officials say.

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It provides performance scalability, technology insertion, and functional growth opportunities through an open system architecture design. It also has multiple levels of security and conforms to standard electronics architectures for Super Hornet and Growler aircraft.

Multi-level security supports multiple reliable computer enclaves for in-flight security and ensures secure interoperability between different subsystems.

The DTP-N improves mission processing, subsystem interface, display generation and secure multi-level information management. It hosts user-generated software with third-party and vendor software.

The DTP-N computer provides a gateway from existing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G avionics to new external tactical radio frequency networks. Connecting to the Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) via MIDS-JTRS Ethernet interfaces helps increase bandwidth to collect and share time-critical information using streaming video and still images.

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The DTP-N is an eight-slot 6U VPX avionics computer that can process information at speeds of up to 919 billion floating point operations per second. It has seven 10GBase-SR fiber ports and 11 copper 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports. The computer uses the VxWorks real-time operating system from Wind River Systems in Alameda, California.

The computer measures 9.35 by 14 by 7.6 inches and weighs 41 pounds. It complies with VITA 46 and VITA 48.2 standards, as well as MIL-STD-1472, MIL-STD-704E, MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-810.

Under this contract, Boeing will do the work in St. Louis and should be completed by December 2025. For more information, please contact Boeing Defense, Space & Security online the Weapons Systems Support segment of the Naval Supply Systems Command on

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