Military Embedded Systems

AI-based solution for ISR, EW shown by Curtiss-Wright at TSOA-ID


January 31, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

AI-based solution for ISR, EW shown by Curtiss-Wright at TSOA-ID
CHAMP-XD1 DSP. Image courtesy Curtiss-Wright.

DAVIDSON, N.C. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division demonstrated an open standards architecture (OSA)-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and electronic warfare (EW) system at the recent Tri-Service Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration (TSOA-ID), which was held in Atlanta, Georgia.

The demonstration -- which showcased the benefits of OSA by integrating products from four individual companies -- featured artificial intelligence (AI)-based commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for signal intelligence (SIGINT) and EW situational-awareness applications.

The system, says Curtiss-Wright, automatically classifies signals through the use of machine learning and was able to demonstrate certification-ready NSA Type 1 data encryption of ISR data at a read/write throughput of 10/17 Gbps (nominal/maximum) per data channel.

The four-company demo consisted of Curtiss-Wright’s 3U OpenVPX CHAMP-XD1 digital signal processing (DSP) module, VPX3-1260 Intel® Xeon Coffee Lake single-board computer (SBC), VPX3-673 Assured Position, Navigation & Timing (A-PNT) module, and VPX3-687 10GbE network switch module; these parts worked in concert with the 3U OpenVPX Leonardo DRS SI-9172 Vesper Tuner/Exciter, L3Harris-Camden DataCrypt XMC mezzanine module PCIe encryptor and 3U OpenVPX NVMe secure storage module, and General Dynamics Mission Systems SignalEye artificial intelligence-based SIGINT automation threat-detection application.


Lynn Bamford, President, Defense and Power at Curtiss-Wright, said of the demo: “As an industry leader in the development of open standards architecture solutions, we are very proud to participate in the Tri-Service Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration. Curtiss-Wright is committed to incorporating SOSA-, CMOSS-, and HOST-aligned modules as part of our standard product family and currently has multiple products in development aligned with these standards.”


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