Posted by John McHaleSALT LAKE CITY, Utah, 27 Sept. 2010. Eurotech subsidiary Parvus Corp. announced a follow-on contract with Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego to supply rugged VME Ethernet switch cards for the Navy’s MH-60 R and MH-60S SEAHAWK helicopters. The latest follow-on contract for a few hundred units is expected to be fulfilled during 2010.Rugged Ethernet switches are critical to the SEAHAWK's multiple missions as the switches interface with a variety of instrumentation systems used onboard the helicopters.The VME Ethernet switch being delivered to Lockheed Martin is similar to Parvus' new commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) COM-8000 -- an ultra-rugged, conduction-cooled 6U single-slot VME Ethernet Switch card compliant with IPv6 traffic and developed for command & control/situational awareness subsystems. To meet stringent U.S. Naval helicopter environmental and performance requirements, Parvus qualified the VME switch card to extreme temperature and vibration profiles experienced on the platform.The MH-60R model is designed to operate from frigates, destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers. Similarly, the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter is designed to perform vertical replenishment, combat search and rescue, special warfare support, airborne mine countermeasures missions and can conduct anti-surface warfare.