Navy chooses rugged data storage units from Crystal Group for fleet of P-8 maritime patrol jets
HIAWATHA, Iowa, 10 June 2015. U.S. Navy avionics experts needed data storage systems for the Navy Boeing P-8A maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) jet aircraft. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.
The Boeing Co. Defense, Space & Security segment in St. Louis is awarding Crystal a contract extension to provide 24 of Crystal's Video And Data Storage System (VADSS) for P-8A aircraft that Boeing already has delivered to the Navy.
Crystal officials announced today that Boeing has awarded the company a contract extension to provide 24 VADSS units, which consist of Crystal's rugged, lightweight computer servers and data storage devices
The Crystal VADSS units are designed to capture and process video data gathered from surveillance sensors onboard the P-8A -- a variation of the Boeing 737-800 single-aisle passenger jetliner modified for maritime patrol and ASW.
Today's contract modification calls for Crystal to provides the VADSS units for installation aboard the Navy P-8A aircraft sometime this fall. The entire contract, including prior award to supply VADSS for Lots 4 and 5 of the P-8A production, is expected to complete in late 2016.
The P-8A, which is replacing the Navy's ageing fleet of Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol turboprop aircraft, carries sensors, data links, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), missiles, and torpedoes to detect, pinpoint, and attack quiet enemy submarines. The aircraft also can find and attack enemy surface vessels, and aid in search-and-rescue operations. For more information contact Crystal Group online at www.crystalrugged.com.