Rugged data storage from Curtiss-Wright chosen for U.S. Navy Ohio-class subs

ASHBURN, Va. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has been chosen by the U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center to supply its removable memory cartridge (RMC) technology for use in a planned future upgrade for the Navy's fleet of Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarines.

The RMC -- part of a network attached storage (NAS) system -- is a rugged direct attached storage device based on industry-standard 2.5-inch SATA solid-state drives (SSD) that is designed specifically for deployed applications and harsh use. Curtiss-Wright officials say that the RMC is designed to withstand years of insertion and removal for data storage and transport.

Shipments under the terms of the contract began in June 2019 and will continue until October 2024. The initial contract is valued at $4.5 million, with $3.35 million provided by the U.S. Navy and $1.19 million resulting from foreign military sales.