Rugged data recorder for military environments and aircraft introduced by Curtiss-Wright

ASHBURN, Va. – The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions Division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the CNS4-FC rugged data recorder for demanding military environments, such as those endured by transports, helicopters, unmanned platforms, and mobile radar systems.

Aug 21st, 2017
By Intelligent Aerospace staff
By Intelligent Aerospace staff

ASHBURN, Va. – The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions Division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the CNS4-FC rugged data recorder for demanding military and aerospace environments, such as those endured by transports, helicopters, unmanned platforms, and mobile radar systems.

The system is designed to support legacy sensor systems based on the Fibre Channel (FC) data communications protocol and to bridge that data to Ethernet networks, and ensure the integrity of critical data. For applications that require security for data-at-rest, the recorder also provides support for NSA Type 1 encryption.

The CNS4-FC compact network storage subsystem combines four-channel data recording, encryption, and removable storage in a rugged chassis. It provides system designers with a modernized solution for high-speed data recording, cryptography, and removable storage while protecting their investment in previously qualified FC-based sensor and client system architectures.

The CNS4-FC stores FC block data in one large file to enable users to access data using a normal client via NFS or CIFS file server protocols. The recorder also supports iSCSI, which means that modern Ethernet-based clients can access the stored FC block data exactly as a legacy FC client would. This feature bridges FC and Ethernet systems.

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In addition to its four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports and two FC ports, it also provides a 3U VPX slot for additional I/O expansion. An optional Universal Capture Card (UCC) XMC module also can be used to record several streaming channels of sFPDP, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet data.

When combined with a VPX carrier card, the CNS4-FC can host a wide-range of XMC I/O cards to support the capture of legacy protocols such as MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429.

The CNS4-FC can be configured with up to four Curtiss-Wright Flash Storage Modules (FSM-C) in its rugged convection-cooled ATR chassis. The CNS4-FC accommodates a 3U VPX inline media encryptor (IME) which is certified for Secret and Below Information (SABI) in attended systems.

A Crypto Ignition Key (CIK) and DS-101 key fill port are mounted on the chassis’ front panel when this IME is used. Additional encryption options are available. For more information contact Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions online at www.curtisswrightds.com.

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