SMP prototype to provide processing power for USSOCOM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., is one of three companies selected to help the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) increase efficiency and reduce aircraft downtime with a modernized Special Mission Processor (SMP). The new SMP prototype will address obsolescence and provide additional capabilities and processing power across its fleet of fixed-wing AC/MC-130Js.

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Multi-Domain Operations are driving military aircraft systems toward increased demand for processing power on electronics and computer systems, and adding functionality could mean taking an aircraft out of service to perform updates to proprietary operational flight program software.

Based on an open systems architecture, the Collins Aerospace Assured Multicore system is intended to provide a certified solution to provide customers quicker deployment and integration.

The new prototype, designed with the Collins Aerospace mature mission computing technologies, will also have built-in compatibility with commercial off-the-shelf and third-party software products to accommodate new functionalities as needed.