Navy taps Harris for digital aircraft maps

The Navy has awarded Harris Corp. a $9.3 million contract to provide digital map computers for its aircraft.

Under the two-year agreement, the communications and information technology company will supply more than 200 of the moving map computers to be installed in a variety of Navy jets and helicopters.

The computer display gives aircrews a graphical presentation of the aircraft's current position, as well as the relative positions of targets, threats, terrain features, planned mission flight path and other information. The new digital video map computer includes a high-resolution moving map image channel.

Pilots will have two independent channels of real-time, digital moving map data, as well as various threat and terrain displays, said Sheldon Fox, president of Defense Department programs at Harris Defense Communications and Electronics.

Since 1997, Harris has won more than $95 million in contracts for the Tactical Airborne Moving Map Capability computer program, with a total value expected to reach $120 million by 2012.

David Hubler writes for Washington Technology, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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