Boeing awarded Elbit Systems of America LLC a $17.5 million contract to redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D Mission Processor. The Block III Mission Processor provides the aircraft with an open-system computing architecture that will be expected to integrate with both current and next-generation technologies. The new configuration will provide performance and technology improvements and solutions for component obsolescence. The new Mission Processor contains 48 processing cores and future growth to 80 cores for general purpose processing, four graphics processors, enhanced video processing, and additional encoding/decoding capabilities. The Mission Processor will provide the Apache Block III avionics and mission equipment with the ability to perform sophisticated "networking" and onboard computing tasks and will allow the Apache Block III aircraft to more easily accommodate emerging capabilities. This new mission computer underwrites a set of established technical standards through a "system-of-systems" approach so that new systems, sensors, applications and electronics can be easily integrated. Work will be performed over five years.