US Navy Selects Parvus Rugged Processor and Router Systems for LCS Unmanned Surface Vehicles

Amaro, November 14th 2007

Parvus Corporation today announced that the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) has ordered Parvus’ DuraCOR™ 810 processor systems and DuraMAR™ 1000 mobile routers for use with the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.

The Navy’s newest class of surface warship, the LCS operates manned and unmanned vehicles (UVs) for conducting mine warfare (MIW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and surface warfare (SUW). Two DuraCORs and one DuraMAR unit are specified as part of the communications equipment package for each LCS Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) being developed to carry out these warfare missions. Four ship sets have been delivered to-date.

The DuraCOR 810 is a rugged Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) tactical computing platform integrating a low-power 1.4GHz Pentium-M processor and PC/104 card expansion slots. The DuraMAR 1000 is a hardened network router based on Cisco 3200 IP routing technology capable of delivering secure data, voice and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless networks. Both units feature a hardened aluminum chassis with MIL-C-38999 connectors, MIL-grade power supply, and MIL-STD-810F environmental compliance to extreme temperature, shock, vibration, humidity, and ingress conditions common to military deployments.

Announced in March 2007, NSWC previously ordered ruggedized Cisco 3825 Integrated Services Router (ISR) units from Parvus for use onboard the LCS. Parvus’ DuraNET™ 3825 router leverages COTS Cisco technology together with mechanical packaging enhancements to meet naval military installation requirements.

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.

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