For use on military supersonic tactical fighter upgrade program
ASHBURN, Va. 08 January 2019 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it was awarded a contract by Tactical Air Support, Inc. (Tactical Air) to provide a cockpit accessible rugged data recorder and a pre-integrated mission computer to upgrade its fleet of F-5AT (Advanced Technology) Tiger II Military supersonic tactical fighters. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide Tactical Air with its Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Parvus® DuraCOR® 8042 processor and Data Transport System 3-slot (DTS3) Network Attached Storage (NAS) file server. The DTS3 file server supports FIPS 140-2 hardware encrypted solid-state storage of mission data. It communicates seamlessly via Ethernet to a modified version of Curtiss-Wright’s DuraCOR 80-42 modular mission computer subsystem. The contract, which is valued at more than $1 million, is scheduled to run through the second quarter of 2019.
“We are very pleased that Tactical Air Support has selected our rugged mission computer and data recorder solutions for use in its F-5AT fighter aircraft fleet,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “We are especially proud, as this is the first selection of the DTS3 recorder for use on a fixed wing supersonic tactical fighter, and strengthens our position as a trusted and proven supplier of rugged high performance COTS electronics solutions.”
About the Data Transport System:
The DTS3 NAS file server is designed for use in mobile vehicles, field ground stations, and aircraft. The rugged unit is easily integrated into network centric systems to provide an easy-to-use, turnkey Network File Server (NFS). The system hosts three Removable Memory Cartridges (RMC), each of which supports up to 2 TB of stored data. To provide quick off-load of data, each RMC can be easily removed from one DTS3 unit and installed into another DTS3, providing full, seamless data transfer between one or more networks in separate locations (e.g. Mission Planning System – Aircraft).