Curtiss-Wright Adds Network Attached Storage (NAS) Capability to Video Management System for ISR Platforms

June 22, 2016

EUROSATORY 2016 (Booth #HALL 5A, Stand J761), PARIS, FRANCE – June 13-17, 2016 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that its industry-leading VRD1 rugged video management system (VMS) has been enhanced with the addition of network attached storage (NAS) capability, significantly expanding its utility in demanding aerospace, defense, and law enforcement ISR applications. Designed to speed and simplify the integration of high definition (HD) video management on airborne and ground platforms, the VRD1 uniquely delivers integrated format conversion, compression, scaling, switching, recording and network distribution of many video types in a single compact rugged unit. Now also able to function as network attached storage (NAS) or as a network file server (NFS), the VRD1 spans both video-centric and network-centric systems. It enables Ethernet-based network clients to remotely access files stored on the VRD1, using standard networking protocols (such as NFS, CIFS, FTP or HTTP). With its ability to now serve boot files to any network client, this innovative VMS significantly reduces size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) by eliminating the need for additional memory storage in each network client. The VRD1 is ideal for use in demanding deployed applications, such as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions that require multiple displays and cameras, such as FLIR and Wescam turret-mounted camera systems, and deployed Ethernet-based systems whose network clients require access to NAS.

“The addition of NAS functionality to our popular VRD1 video management system further extends our leadership and commitment to providing the industry’s most innovative and high performance solutions for demanding video-centric and network-centric applications,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. ”Customers continue to seek more video functionality, yet seek to reduce SWaP. VRD1 meets these needs with a powerful networked VMS that combines multiple functions in a single unit and eliminates the need for individual storage devices across the platform.”

The VRD1 can be combined with a wide range of Curtiss-Wright networking and video display products to create powerful deployed video management and data storage solutions. From rugged touchscreen LCD displays to miniature network switches, Curtiss-Wright offers the most comprehensive range of rugged system components for deployed applications.

About the VRD1

The VRD1 supports up to 18 video inputs in a mix of different types, including HD-SDI, RGB and DVI. These video inputs can then be easily routed to any of the VRD1’s 12 video outputs for real-time viewing on displays or to the VRD1’s H.264 video compression subsystem prior to recording on internal removable media or distribution to network client via Gigabit Ethernet.

The COTS Solid State Memory Advantage

Unlike competing systems that use proprietary memory devices, the VRD1 uses commercial off-the-shelf 2.5” SATA solid state drives (SSD) with storage capacities ranging from 128GB to 2TB, enabling memory to be scaled to meet present and future growth application needs.  With SSD memory capacity doubling every 18 months or so, the system can easily and cost-effectively grow in response to the increased demands for storage in deployed systems. The SSDs, housed in Curtiss-Wright’s unique Removable Memory Cartridge (RMC), provide a 100K insertion cycle connector, far superior to the 50 insertions typically supported by standard SATA connectors.  Weighing only 0.7 lb (317 g), each RMC is small enough to fit in a shirt or flight-suit pocket and yet rugged enough for transport. Error correction, wear-leveling, and bad block management are performed to ensure integrity for valuable video files. 

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About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets.  Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide.  For more information, visit


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