COTS Enabled Rapid Development Deployment

In Military, Aerospace and First Responder applications, System Integrators targeting highly rugged applications often utilize conduction cooled modules because of their superior performance in harsh environments. Historically, these have often been proprietary custom designs, but with tighter budgets System Integrators are increasingly turning to COTS suppliers in order to minimize non-recurring costs and shorten time to market. At the same time, their customers are seeking the same thing, resulting in a need for System Integrators to utilize IRAD funding to develop subsystems that are ready to demonstrate.

While the deployable product often needs to be highly ruggedized (e.g. ATR form factor), this has not been practical for development and demonstration phases due to the fluidity of the design and the lead time of a customized rugged chassis. Rather than performing early development activities using commercial grade air cooled modules and air cooled development chassis, customers can now perform early development activities using COTS conduction cooled modules and COTS commercial grade conduction cooled development chassis.