GE Intelligent Platforms Works with US Navy to Maximize Sailor Safety


HUNTSVILLE, AL MARCH 29,2012 GE Intelligent Platforms today announced that it had secured orders from the US Navy for a quantity of GE’s PowerXtreme Power7E single board computers. These will be deployed as part of the Battle Force Tactical Trainer (BFTT) program that is designed to deliver optimum training and simulation capabilities to US Navy ships.  The value of the order is $1.85 million.

The Power7E is one of a range of PowerXtreme 6U VME single board computers using Freescale PowerPC processor technology.  Despite the fact that it is no longer a standard offering, GE is able to continue to make it available to existing customers – a testimony to the long term support programs that GE has in place that recognize the multi-year (and multi-decade) nature of many military embedded computing deployments.  The Power7E single board computer is a critical element of the BFTT system, providing advanced real-time data processing functions.

“The US Navy, US Army and US Air Force  continue to invest heavily in the safety of our troops by providing them with access to the very best in training and simulation, ensuring that they are always as well prepared as possible for any situation that may arise,” said Al DiLibero, President, Military & Aerospace Embedded Computing, GE Intelligent Platforms. “The versatile, flexible and highly reliable PowerXtreme range of single board computers has long been the computing platform of choice for the deployment of these advanced capabilities.”

BFTT is a highly flexible, interactive single ship-, group-, or force level tactical combat system trainer. The purpose of BFTT is to provide training to enhance naval combat readiness. BFTT provides a critical over-arching training capability for developing and maintaining proficiencies required for a complex modern shipboard combat system in today's warfighting environment. BFTT in effect wraps around the ship’s combat system to provide a comprehensive and coordinated training environment.

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