Curtiss-Wright to upgrade USMC Amphibious Assault Vehicle with Cisco IOS-based Parvus solutions

PHOENIX, AZ. Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions announced at the Embedded Tech Trends conference that they have received a contract from Strategic Communications, LLC to supply its switch subsystems and rugged network routers to support the U.S. Marine Corps’ AAVC-7 Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) upgrade.

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright supplied its IOS-based DuraMAR 5915 router and Parvus DuraNET 30-2020 switch subsystems to Strategic Communications, under subcontract to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) from the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

Curtiss-Wright’s space, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C)-optimized line replaceable units (LRUs) enable network connectivity for the tactical communications equipment used onboard the AAVC-7 amphibious assault vehicles. Shipments began in October 2014 and were concluded at the end of the year.

“We are very excited to have been selected to provide our COTS-based rugged networking system technology for use in this important vehicle upgrade program,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior VP and GM of the Defense Solutions division. “We are proud to continue and extend our role as the incumbent supplier of networking subsystems for the USMC’s Amphibious Assault Vehicle by supporting this next-generation upgrade to newer ruggedized Cisco IOS-based technologies.”

Curtiss-Wright’s Parvus networking systems are currently installed on a previous generation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ AAVs. Under the upgrade program, Cisco IOS-based Parvus solutions will be installed on newer AAVs to provide enhanced, comprehensive security and networking features.

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