SOURCE: Parvus Corporation

Parvus Corporation

December 28, 2009 12:34 ET

Parvus Supplies Payload Interface Computers for MQ-5B Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System

Melhcorp Specifies Parvus DuraCOR® 810 Mission Processors for Northrop Grumman Hunter UAS

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - December 28, 2009) - Parvus announced that its DuraCOR® 810 mission computers have been integrated into Northrop Grumman's (NYSE: NOC) MQ-5B Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). More than 40 DuraCOR 810 subsystems have been delivered to sub-contractor Melhcorp and configured to operate as the Payload Interface Unit (PIU) for the Hunter UAV. These DuraCOR 810 units monitor, control and communicate between payloads onboard the Hunter, as well as control the mounted payloads that include electronics and sensors.

Currently being deployed by the U.S. Army, the MQ-5B Hunter UAS conducts battlefield surveillance using its multimission optronic payload. Flying over the battlefield, it gathers reconnaissance, surveillance, target acquisition and battle damage information in real time. The Hunter then relays this information via video link to commanders and soldiers on the ground.

Melhcorp chose the Parvus DuraCOR 810 for the Hunter program because of its rugged modularity and MIL-STD-810F environmental compliance for extreme temperatures, shock/vibration, and ingress. This Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) tactical computer server integrates a low-power Intel Pentium M CPU together with a MIL-STD-704/1275 power supply in a rugged aluminum chassis with MIL-DTL-38999 connectors. Up to 6 spare PC/104(+) slots are available for integrators or Parvus to integrate mission-specific I/O functionality.

"The rugged design of the DuraCOR 810 from Parvus fulfills my operational requirements and the fact that these systems can endure the harshest environment make the unit a perfect fit for the Hunter UASs," said Julio Melhado, president of Melhcorp. "By working with the Parvus Duracor 810, Melhcorp is helping deliver durable, reliable interface units for the Hunter UAS program."

"The selection of the Parvus DuraCOR 810 for the Hunter UAS is a testament to Parvus' proven track record of supplying highly-reliable, small form factor computing solutions for unmanned vehicle and other demanding military and aerospace applications," said Les Goodman, president of Parvus. "We are honored to support the warfighter with the necessary equipment to ensure mission success, especially on such a critical unmanned air vehicle program."


Parvus Corporation is a leading supplier of rugged COTS computing and IP networking subsystems for Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) constrained military, aerospace, and homeland defense applications. Parvus' tactical mission processors, network routers and Ethernet switch products provide highly reliable command, control, computing and communication (C4) capabilities for situational awareness and mobile data processing in airborne, ground vehicle, and naval installations. Parvus was founded in 1983 and is part of the Eurotech Group, a world leader in small form factor and high performance computing with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit

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