Curtiss-Wright introduces Digital Beachhead for US Army ground vehicles

24 September 2012 (Last Updated September 24th, 2012 03:45)

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) has introduced a new solution, Digital Beachhead, to support quick and cost-effective integration of the US Army's C4ISR/EW interoperability (VICTORY) programme-compliant networking systems for a range of military ground vehicles.

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) has introduced a new solution, Digital Beachhead, to support quick and cost-effective integration of the US Army's C4ISR/EW interoperability (VICTORY) programme-compliant networking systems for a range of military ground vehicles.

The new solution is a commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) system featuring a 16-port Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) network switch, with a vehicle management computer to reduce the cost of upgrading a vehicle with advanced digital network capabilities.

Lynn Bamford, Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions senior vice president and general manager, said that Digital Beachhead would revolutionise ground vehicle networking and system management.

"By leveraging adjacent market technologies, such as ARM processors from the automotive industry and low-power network switches designed for cell towers, we have met the army's challenge to deliver a radically affordable high-performance digital backbone in a single, lightweight rugged package," Bamford added.

"By leveraging adjacent market technologies, such as ARM processors from the automotive industry and low-power network switches designed for cell towers, we have met the army's challenge to deliver a radically affordable high-performance digital backbone in a single, lightweight rugged package."

The system is placed inside a compact and lightweight rugged chassis to provide maximum performance in space/weight/power/cost (SWaP-C) constrained vehicles operating in adverse conditions.

A multi-core ARM processor-based Vetronics computer in Digital Beachhead enables monitoring of the vehicle's health management (HUMS/CBM+) software, and also control essential vehicle systems.

Curtiss-Wright Control's vehicle management framework (VMF) software helps simplify the procedure of explaining vehicle operations for use by the CBM+ and other in-system vehicle management services.

Pre-integrated VICTORY software provides data bus and platform services such as management, access control, protection of information, as well as network distribution of GPS/IMU data in the battlefield.

The company is also planning to manufacture multiple Digital Beachhead variants to support localised configurations, including the UK's generic vehicle architecture (GVA) with data distribution system (DDS) in future.

The aim of the VICTORY programme is to rectify the technical problems created due to 'bolt on' approach for installing equipment in US Army tactical wheeled vehicles and ground combat systems.