RUGGED NETWORKING: Rugged Digital Beachhead vetronics networking device introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions in Ashburn, Va., is introducing a rugged vetronics networking appliance for armored combat vehicles that is designed to be small, lightweight, power-efficient, and comply with the U.S. Army's Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) standard, which seeks to move Army vehicle design from a bolt-on integration approach toward a network-centric, systems-oriented design.

The VICTORY architecture-based vetronics networking device from Curtiss-Wright is called Digital Beachhead, designed to add a rugged networking backbone to new and old military ground vehicles. Digital Beachhead combines a 16-port Gigabit Ethernet network switch with a vehicle management computer based on the ARM dual-core automotive processor. The vetronics networking system enables combat vehicle systems integrators to employ a modern vehicle control system not only in new vehicles, but also in relatively old ground vehicles.

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