Amaro (UD), 6th March 2007.
Parvus Corporation today announced a contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City, Florida to develop a ruggedized version of the Cisco 3825 Integrated Services Router (ISR) for installation onboard the Navy's newest class of surface warships, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Initial shipments of these enhanced routers are planned for next month.
Central to the transformation of the Navy's surface combatant fleet is this new breed of focused mission ships, the Littoral Combat Ship. While complementing capabilities of the Navy's larger multi-mission surface combatants, LCS ships will be networked to share tactical information with other Navy aircraft, ships, submarines, and joint units.
Designed to meet MIL-STD-901D Grade B shock levels and MIL-STD-461 EMC standards, the ruggedized Cisco 3825 routers will incorporate mechanical packaging enhancements for naval military installations. In selecting Parvus for the program, the US Navy desired to couple proven Commercial-Off-the Shelf (COTS) technology from Cisco Systems with Parvus' systems engineering knowledge with harsh military environments.
The Navy's LCSs are designed for Special Operations Forces (SOF) support, high-speed transit, Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (AT/FP).
Roberto Siagri, President and CEO of Eurotech, noted, "This agreement demonstrates the potential for growth in the Pervasive Computing market over the coming years. I am very pleased that Cisco System and the U.S. agency for naval research recognise the high level reached by the Eurotech Group's technology."
The order, to be fulfilled in 2007, does not represent a substantial sum for Eurotech (under one million USD).
However, since the order received constitutes the initial element (development and delivery of primary parts) of the Navy Littoral Combat Ship project, which concerns entire naval fleets, and since that same project could require large-scale production from Parvus in 2008, Eurotech reasserts the commitment, in such circumstances, to promptly inform the market.