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.