COTS Journal

Formation’s Rugged Hard Drives to Fly in AC-130H/U Gunships

Deep Development Corp., a division of Gatekeeper Systems, has integrated Formation’s ToughDisk 3500 rugged hard disks into its Viperfish ASX high-resolution digital video recorders for use in U.S. Air Force AC-130H/U gunships. The recorders enable the Air Force to record planes in action as they escort convoys, protect air bases and facilities, and carry out air strikes. They also help Air Force officials review their operations.

ToughDisk rugged hard disks are high-performance, removable data storage units built specifically to withstand extreme temperature, shock, vibration, humidity and dust conditions. The TD3500 is a rugged drop-in replacement for standard 3.5-in. low-profile disk drives with 73 or 100 Gbyte capacity and SCSI or ATA interfaces.

The Viperfish ASX recorders, designed and manufactured by Gatekeeper’s Deep Development Corp., were selected after U.S. officials tested the surveillance equipment for more than a year. Gatekeeper has completed delivery of its first order of recorders and has received a second order for recorders.

Moorestown, NJ.
(856) 234-5020.

Agilent Test Products Tapped for Major IPv6 Interoperability Event

Agilent Technologies’ Network Tester and N2X products were selected as the sole test vendor for the latest phase of the industry’s leading IPv6 interoperability event, Moonv6. The Agilent Network Tester and N2X enabled vendors to assess their product’s real-world performance and resilience to network threats in an IPv6 environment. Agilent’s solutions provide the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio for validating real-world performance, stress resilience and scalability of next-generation network security and triple-play infrastructure equipment.

The Moonv6 multi-vendor interoperability tests were conducted the week of July 24 by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and University of New Hampshire’s Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL), with the goal of validating the maturity of network security devices and other service systems that support IPv6. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will use the results to determine a baseline set of standards to which vendors must adhere in anticipation of the U.S. government-mandated IPv6 cutover beginning in 2008.

Agilent worked with the JITC and UNH-IOL to enable major equipment vendors to validate the real-world performance levels of their IPv6 implementations. Participants used Agilent’s application mix test methodology to exercise their equipment’s application aware functionality and defense mechanisms. Based on this methodology, the transition traffic forwarding test suite delivered a realistic distribution of seven application protocols over native IPv4 and IPv6, while simulating network threats and exploits. In addition, the new Agilent N2X E7896A DHCPv6 protocol-emulation software thoroughly stressed and measured the vendor equipment’s address-allocation capability, critical for future data, voice and video service environments.

Agilent Technologies
Palo Alto, CA.
(650) 752-5000.

General Dynamics Chooses Aitech to Provide Subsystems for FCS

Aitech Defense Systems has been selected by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Sterling Heights, MI to provide the Remote Interface Control Card (RICC) for the Future Combat Systems (FCS) Manned Ground Vehicle (MGV).

The FCS program is the Army’s flagship Simulation-Based Acquisition program to be executed in accordance with the Army framework entitled Simulation and Modeling for Acquisition, Requirements and Training (SMART). Modeling and Simulation are expected to play a crucial role in the early development to achieve product integrity, because it reduces risk and reaches a balance of performance and cost. Each RICC will be installed in one Remote Interface Unit (RIU) enclosure. The RIU enclosure will be developed by GDLS.

Aitech Defense Systems
Chatsworth, CA.
(888) 248-3248.

DoD Awards RFID Tagging Contract to Psion Teklogix

The United States Defense Distribution Center (DDC) has awarded Psion Teklogix a contract worth an estimated $1.8 million to deploy GlobeRanger’s iMotion Edgeware throughout DDC facilities by the end of 2007. Under the terms of the contract, Psion Teklogix will work with GlobeRanger, a provider of RFID, mobility and sensor-based software, to deploy iMotion Edgeware in 26 DDC sites around the world. This three-year contract, which begins immediately, will start with installations in the U.S. in 2006 and will be completed in worldwide sites by 2007.

The contract was issued to help DDC comply with the passive RFID mandatory tagging mandates set by the DoD. DDC began an initial implementation in December of 2004 at two strategic distribution centers to receive goods from suppliers that have been tagged with passive RFID tags. With this new contract and the additional installations, DDC will now have the largest passive RFID installation within the U.S. government.

Prior to the awarding of the contract, Psion had been working with DDC on various projects over the past several years. In addition, GlobeRanger began working with DDC on their initial RFID implementation in December of 2004. Recognizing the synergies between the two companies, Psion and GlobeRanger partnered together in early 2005 to deliver RFID solutions for government entities, including the addition of GlobeRanger products to the Psion Teklogix GSA Schedule. This DDC contract win is the first joint effort for the companies.

Psion Teklogix
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
(800) 322-3437.

BAE Systems Selects VMETRO Conduction-Cooled Processors

VMETRO has received a contract to supply conduction-cooled Phoenix VPF1 digital signal processing boards to BAE Systems in Nashua, NH for the U.S. Army’s Tactical Signals Intelligence Payload (TSP) Program. The Phoenix VPF1 Dual PowerPC, Dual Virtex-II Pro FPGA VME/VXS Digital Signal Processors will run the signal processing algorithm as well as perform real-time processing of the sensor data. The initial contract is valued at approximately $500,000. The design is being included in similar programs as part of BAE Systems’ common platform initiative.

TSP is a subsystem intended for the Army’s tactic UAVs. The payload collects and processes radio frequency energy that will be displayed on the payload operator’s work station in a ground processing facility. The system provides the ground tactical commander with an airborne collection capability that is responsive to real-time emerging operational intelligence requirements. TSP will provide a critical capability to see and understand the enemy on future battlefields. BAE Systems’ TSP offering is fully scaleable for employment on other platforms, large or small. The offering is based on using predominantly commercially available off-the-shelf hardware components.

Houston, TX.
(281) 584-0728.

Endevco Delivers First Ship Set of F-35 Flight Test Sensors

Endevco has announced the delivery of the first ship set of sensors for the F-35 Lightning II flight test program to Lockheed Martin, Ft. Worth, Texas. The vendor of mission-critical sensors will provide high-performance, high-accuracy accelerometers and pressure sensor microphones for the first F-35 fighter test aircraft, part of the Joint Strike Force program, being built by Lockheed Martin. Delivery of the first ship set of Endevco flight test sensors for the program follows a five-year partnership between Endevco and Lockheed Martin to develop sensor requirements as flight test parameters evolved. Endevco sensors will take flight aboard the first F-35 test aircraft, which recently debuted to the public and was named Lightning II at Lockheed Martin’s assembly facility in Ft. Worth.

San Juan Capistrano, CA.
(949) 493-8181.

Octagon’s XMB Wins COTS Journal Flagship Product Award

In the June issue of COTS Journal we held our first ever Flagship Product Award contest. A team of judges comprised of the editorial staffs of COTS Journal and its sister publication RTC magazine, were asked to vote on which product showed the best blend of technical innovation and suitability to the defense market.

The winner was Octagon Systems’ XMB Mobile Server product. The product exemplifies the growing trend toward rugged stand-alone box-level systems. The drawback to a complete all-in-one system has always been the lack of flexibility to customize to application requirements. Octagon Systems nullified that drawback by offering a product that marries the complete system approach with the ability to mix and match I/O and other functions via PC/104 add-in cards. That product is their XMB Mobile Server, the latest member of the company’s I-CORE line of rugged computers with expandable I/O and fanless operation. The basic unit includes the processing power, power supply, memory and I/O for most applications.

Standard I/O includes dual Ethernet, quad USB 2.0, dual serial, CRT and LCD video and digital I/O. Because the XMB-1 is fully functional out-of-the-box, additional I/O such as GPS, analog, GPRS and video camera can be readily added via PC/104, PC/104-Plus and XBLOK modules. An option panel can be easily removed and punched for custom annunciators, connectors and controls. Generated heat is efficiently channeled directly to the case to help prevent internal hot spots. The XMB Mobile Server operates in ambient temperatures from -40° to 75°C, depending upon the processor speed, user options and mass storage devices.

Octagon Systems
Westminster, CO.
(303) 430-1500.

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