Eurotech: Parvus wins initial contract for US Navy JPALS communications datalink interface

Rockwell Collins Specifies Parvus DuraCOR 810 Rugged Computer Subsystem into Navy Shipboard Landing System 

Amaro (Italy), January 13th 2011 –
Eurotech subsidiary Parvus Corporation announced today a contract with Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) to supply 53 DuraCOR 810 mission computer subsystems in support of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1 program. All units under contract shipped as of the end of 2010. No other financial details were disclosed. 

JPALS Increment 1 provides the US Navy a secure, all-weather shipboard landing system. It will use GPS technology and provide a survivable, day-night precision approach and landing capability for vessels afloat. Parvus’ DuraCOR 810 subsystems will be implemented as part of Rockwell Collins’ Datalink Interface Unit (DIU), which provides secure communications capability between the ship and aircraft. 

Rockwell Collins selected the DuraCOR 810 subsystem as it provides a robust, PC/104-based COTS computing platform that can meet stringent military requirements, including the harsh environments encountered under the JPALS program. In addition, the modularity of the DuraCOR 810 subsystem will allow Parvus to integrate Rockwell Collins’ own proprietary FPGA and interconnect boards, along with a DDC MIL-STD-1553 databus interface module to tailor mission I/O and communication capabilities specific to the JPALS system. Parvus designed the DuraCOR 810 as an expandable vehicle computing platform for similar MIL-STD vehicle and airborne environments —with particular considerations for dust exposure, water immersion, EMI/EMC, corrosion resistance, power protection and system mobility. 

"The selection of the Parvus DuraCOR 810 for the JPALS program is a testament to Parvus’ proven track record of supplying highly-reliable, small form factor computing solutions for military programs,” said Dusty Kramer, vice president of sales and marketing for Parvus. “We are pleased to be working with Rockwell Collins on this project to further enhance the Navy's ability to carry out their mission in all-weather conditions." 

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Its expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation and training is delivered by nearly 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. 
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Note: even though the amount of the order is not considerable for Eurotech, the contract itself is quite important for the Company, because it shows a relationship with an important customer in the American Defense sector which should likely bring to obtaining further volume orders. Should this be the case, Eurotech reaffirms its commitment on timely informing the market. 

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