Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Ashburn, VA 20147


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20130 Lakeview Ctr Plaza
Suite 200
Ashburn, VA 20147
United States

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Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, a division of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, is the trusted, proven leader for comprehensive, rugged, and secure mission-critical solutions for defense and aerospace applications.


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Components - Enclosures and chassis

8-Slot CMOSS/SOSA Enclosure

This 8-slot, user integration-ready powered enclosure provides the highest functional density available using natural convection cooling and is aligned to the CMOSS/SOSA Technical...
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Single-board computers

VPX3-1262 3U VPX 100 Gb SBC with 13th Gen Intel Core i7 Processor

The rugged VPX3-1262 3U OpenVPX SBC card, designed to meet the 3U I/O Intensive and Payload SOSA profiles, is powered by the 13th Gen Intel Core i7 (Raptor Lake) 14-core hybrid...
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Communications/network controllers

VPX3-6816 3U VPX 100 Gb Ethernet Switch

The low-power and affordable rugged VPX3-6816 3U VPX Ethernet Switch card is designed and optimized to deliver the low-latency, high-speed Ethernet backbone required by modern...
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FPGA boards

CHAMP-FX7 6U VPX Dual AMD Versal Premium Adaptive SoC Processor Card

Ideal for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) system architectures, the CHAMP-FX7 rugged 6U OpenVPX dual AMD Versal Premium ASoC processor card is designed to...
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Components - Enclosures and chassis

PacStar® VPX Smart Chassis

This hybrid chassis supports SOSA-aligned and proven PacStar 400-Series family of modules enabling users to select the best solutions from each ecosystem and seamlessly integrate...

Press Releases

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Software-driven instrumentation

Rugged Airborne Flight Test Systems by Curtiss-Wright are First to Deploy Data Analysis/Visualization Software in Compact Mission Computer

ASHBURN, Va. – May 02, 2024 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division has announced the availability of two new fully integrated Modular Open Systems Approach...
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Single-board computers

Industry’s first safety-certifiable VPX SBC to feature 13th Gen Intel processors offered by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va. - April 24, 2024 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions Division today announced the expansion of its family of DO-254 safety-certifiable single board computers...



Safety-certifiable and SOSA-aligned Intel single-board computer for avionics introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Computer board provides systems integrators with the board-level data artifacts necessary to establish a system-level avionics-certification process.

A/D converter module for DTC pressure scanners in flight test applications introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Module interfaces to multiplexing digital temperature compensation (DTC) pressure scanners to acquire pressure and temperature data during flight test.

SOSA-compatible XMC embedded computing card to integrate IP into VPX and ATX introduced by Curtiss-Wright

The XMC-528/529 embedded computing modules enable system integrators to add IP quickly to fielded systems without a complete redesign.

Rugged mission computer with cyber security for small-form-factor airborne uses offered by Curtiss-Wright

The DuraCOR 8044 meets MIL-810G and DO-160G environmental test standards, weighs 5.6 pounds and measures 6.75 by 6.25 by 3.5 inches.

32-terabyte NVMe secure data storage with full-disk encryption for military uses offered by Curtiss-Wright

The HSR10 will be submitted for National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) and Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA) certification.

8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch for SWaP-constrained flight test applications introduced by Curtiss-Wright

TmNS specifies configuration, management, network transport protocols, telemetry link, and other capabilities of data acquisition units.

Rugged computer server for artificial intelligence (AI) uses at the edge introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Module can speed deployment at the edge to ensure access to advanced technology -- even in disconnected, intermittent, and limited environments.
Curtiss 11 Sept 2023

Secure network-attached storage for embedded computing on military aircraft introduced by Curtiss-Wright

The high-speed recorder captures data at speeds of 450 megabytes per second via its 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface and 1 Gigabit Ethernet interface.
Curtiss 12 July 2023

Tactical computing radio-over-internet gateway to bridge military and civil radios offered by Curtiss-Wright

The PacStar 421 pairs with a tactical sever, such as the PacStar 451 server module, to enable direct ear and mouth (E+M) interface to tactical radios.
Curtiss 4 April 2023

Network-attached storage with encryption for data-at-rest on military planes introduced by Curtiss-Wright

The DTS1+ can store and protect data on helicopters, jet fighters, unmanned vehicles, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft.

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Curtiss 8 June 2022

Small SWaP Time-space navigation information system to capture positioning data offered by Curtiss-Wright

MiTSPI nTTU-2600 provides position information for location and orientation in space to capture critical data that involves inertial and GPS information.
EaglePicher Technologies provides standard and custom batteries for aerospace applications, including conformal batteries for missile applications

Energy storage for military applications faces demands for more power

Batteries, capacitors, and other energy-storage media are asked to provide increasing amounts of power for a wide variety of mobile applications, yet concerns for safety and certificati...
A U.S. Army soldier tests a Microsoft-designed prototype goggle, the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS).

Enabling technologies for image and video processing

The latest high-performance embedded computing image and video processors rely heavily on general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) to capture as much detail as possible...
Curtiss 17 March 2022

Rugged Raspberry Pi mission computer from Curtiss-Wright

Rugged computer is small enough to fit in a hand, weighs 0.5 pounds and measures 1.2 by 2.49 by 3.34 inches, and can be stacked to extend performance.
Sgt. Kyle Phillips configures computer equipment to ensure communications and controls connected to a Raven small unmanned aircraft system are working properly at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Rugged computing takes on the battlefield networking challenge

Connectivity, networking, SWaP, and thermal management are among the highest priorities of rugged computing designers to support mobile warfighters at the edge.
DIGISTOR NVMe solid-state drives for secure data-at-rest applications deliver fast performance for demanding applications such as artificial intelligence, video editing, visualization, and scientific and engineering modeling and analysis.

Data storage: it’s all coming up NVMe

Non-Volatile Memory Express is fast, small, and lightweight, yet it still has something to prove when it comes to ruggedization, thermal performance, and power consumption.
Airmen monitor battlespace movements at a simulated austere base during the Advanced Battle Management System exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
Trusted Computing

Cyber battlegrounds: trusted computing, cyber warfare, and cyber security for national defense.

The threat categories are many. Vehicle loss or capture, data loss or transport, nation state hackers or internal threats all can threaten or intercept data at rest.
General Micro Systems is using the second generation of the company’s RuggedCool thermal management technology to squeeze every bit of heat possible out of conduction-cooled circuit boards.

Is thermal management up to the high-performance computing challenge?

Embedded computing designers squeeze the most out of conduction, convection, and liquid cooling, and look to the future of disaggregated architectures and 3D printing.
The Mercury model 6350 is an eight-channel A/D and D/A Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Processor in a small-form-factor rugged enclosure.
Trusted Computing

Embedded computing sensor and signal processing meets the SWaP test

New enabling technologies in FPGAs, GPGPUs, and central processing units can fit on single chips, and are ready to meet emerging demands for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine...
Curtiss 22 July 2021

Rugged 6U OpenVPX data storage card offered by Curtiss-Wright

This rugged 6U OpenVPX data storage module expands the memory capacity and data rates that can be integrated into a single embedded computing slot.
Curtiss 19 May 2021

3U VPX embedded computing for AI and EW from Curtiss-Wright

Card complies with the U.S. Army C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) and aligns with Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) standards.
Curtiss 11 March 2021

10-Gigabit Ethernet switch introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Network interconnect supports command and control, Internet of Things, cloud, storage replication, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
The Elma VITA 48.4 liquid flow-through ATR box with a 6U OpenVPX backplane can accommodate as many as eight boards and two VITA 62 plug-in power supplies.
Trusted Computing

The evolution of embedded computing chassis, backplanes, and enclosures

High data throughput and innovative thermal management may lead to a revolution in systems design that places the burden of electronics cooling on the enclosure more than on the...
The PacStar Secure Wireless Command Post has demonstrated transformation for military requirements because it marries a modular communications package of hardware and software that reduces the management burden for tactical high-security communications.

The latest trends in rugged computing

The proliferation of connected systems has been enabled by the U.S. military embrace of the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) revolution.
Personnel with the 175th Cyberspace Operations Group conduct cyber operations at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Md.
Trusted Computing

The essentials of trusted computing and cyber security

U.S. military and government information security experts try to hold the line against determined hackers seeking to break into critical computing systems from foreign governments...
Curtiss-Wright is releasing the 6U VPX Storage Blade Air Cooled module that based on PCI Express NVMe technology, is aligned with the CMOSS and SOSA open-systems standards, and comes in capacities from 16 to 128 terabytes.
Trusted Computing

Speed and security for military data storage

Rugged data storage systems for aerospace and defense applications are moving to new data interfaces for unparalleled speed and capacity, while trusted computing and information...
An MQ-9A Reaper sits on the ramp at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., in the first flight test of the MQ-9 carrying eight Hellfire missiles.

High-performance test and measurement equipment hits the flight line

Avionics technicians make use of oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and other high-performance test and measurement instruments to ensure that sensitive RF and microwave systems...
5G telecommunications technology offers far more to the military than today’s voice and data radio. It has the potential to create a ubiquitous infosphere where data from sensors, targeting, surveillance, and signals intelligence are instantly available.

What 5G means to the military

5G wireless communications is expected to move voice, video, text, and image data with bandwidth as fast as 300 GHz to create data on demand for the battlefield.
Curtiss 30 Nov 2020

Secure data storage system introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Data storage system can serve as a ground station network attached storage for data off-load and decryption from a deployed unattended network storage.
This illustration show how VITA 48.8 air-flow-through cooling can increase heat dissipation in high-performance embedded computing.

Electronics cooling boosts capabilities to match performance upgrades

Enabling technologies for electronics and embedded computing thermal management are expanding, as systems designers demand higher performance, standards-based cooling, and reduced...
Curtiss Task Force 16 Oct 2020

Curtiss-Wright eyes open-systems industry standards

Curtiss-Wright established a task force to streamline development and availability of new interoperable solutions based on CMOSS, SOSA, and MOSA.
Pac Star 28 Sept 2020
Defense Executive

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions acquires PacStar

PacStar provides tactical communications for battlefield network management, including COTS rugged, small-form-factor communications systems.
Vricon combines stereophotogrammetry and big data processing to produce its 3D models-like this one of Las Vegas, using real textures and 3-meter absolute accuracy in all dimensions.

Simulation and mission rehearsal relies on state-of-the-art computing

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and virtual reality are becoming essential parts of today’s military simulation and mission rehearsal to keep warfighters on the...
Mercury’s EnsembleSeries HDS6605 6U OpenVPX blade server offers hardware-enabled support for artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

When high-performance embedded computing meets open-systems standards

SOSA, HOST, MOSA, VITA, and a host of other new and emerging open-systems industry standards are coming to bear on the most performance-demanding aerospace and defense applications...
The Pentek model 5550 eight-channel A/D and D/A Zynq UltraScale+ RF system-on-chip processor for signal and sensor processing is aligned to the emerging SOSA open-systems standard.

The coming revolution in sensor and signal processing

High-performance embedded computing is reaping the benefits of open-systems standards, new FPGA architectures, and artificial intelligence for never-before-seen edge computing...
Curtiss 24 July 2020

Rugged flight data recorder introduced by Curtiss-Wright

Device supports removable industrial-grade CompactFlash cards that can be read by standard COTS readers to eliminate the need for dedicated software.
A Navy petty officer desolders a flex print assembly in the avionics shop of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf.

The dawn of military 3D printing

Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, is having an influence on military logistics, and helps supply personnel get replacement parts where and when they’re needed —...
The European Space Agency Hispasat 36W-1 geosynchronous satellite provides Europe, the Canary Islands, and the Americas with fast multimedia services. These kinds of long-mission, high-orbit spacecraft require specialized radiation-hardened electronics components.

Radiation tolerance meets commercial space

The wave of commercially developed communications and remote-sensing satellites seeks to balance costs, capability, size, weight, and power consumption in the latest new space...
The DARPA MACH program seeks new materials and designs for cooling the hot leading edges of hypersonic vehicles.

The electronics design challenges of hypersonic flight

Hypersonic munitions present an intimidating set of environmental challenges, raising the bar to an entirely new level of difficulty.
U.S. Air Force RF and microwave technicians rappel down a radio antenna tower during an immersion tour at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

RF and microwave designers take-on the cluttered spectrum

Systems built for low size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP) and industry standards like SOSA are dominating applications ranging from satellite navigation to next-generation...