SOURCE: Parvus Corporation

January 14, 2008 10:00 ET

AATD Orders Parvus Rugged Ethernet Switch Node for Army Aviation Modernization Program

DuraNET 1059 to Be Installed on AH-64 Apache Helicopters

SALT LAKE CITY, UT AND FT. EUSTIS, VA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2008) - Parvus Corporation today announced that the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) has specified the DuraNET™ 1059 Ethernet switch node into a U.S. Army aviation modernization program for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. Orders for 34 units have been received by Parvus to-date.

Part of the U.S. Army Research, Development & Engineering Command (RDECOM), AATD is a Directorate of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) located at FT. Eustis, Virginia. AATD's mission is to be recognized as the leader within the Department of Defense (DoD) for the research, development, and engineering of rotorcraft and tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and technology.

Parvus' Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) DuraNET 1059 will be installed on several AH-64 Apache helicopters in early 2008 under a U.S. Army Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) initiative aimed at improving situational awareness. This rugged unmanaged Ethernet switch node will provide local area network (LAN) connectivity to onboard IP-enabled computing devices.

Weighing in at less than 2lbs and equipped with MIL-38999 connectors, a conductively cooled chassis, and MIL-STD-704E compliant power supply, the rugged Fast Ethernet switch module serves as an ideal solution for airborne or ground vehicle networking applications. The unit was designed for tolerance to extreme operational temperatures (-40°C to +85°C) and MIL-STD-810F shock and vibration profiles experienced by helicopter and fighter aircraft.


Parvus Corporation is a leading provider of rugged hardware platforms to the military, transportation, homeland security and medical device industries. We specialize in ruggedized mobile networking solutions, displays, and embedded computer technologies for demanding real world applications. Parvus was founded in 1983 and is the U.S. arm of the Eurotech Group, a world leader in pervasive computing with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit

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