Systel garners MQ-8C Fire Scout support contract, showcases rugged computer at Sea Air SpaceNews
April 11, 2018
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. At the the Navy League Sea Air Space Maritime Exposition, Systel, Inc. officials announced they were selected to support the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command MQ-8C Fire Scout program with rugged, SWaP optimized high density computing servers.
The MQ-8C Fire Scout is an unmanned autonomous helicopter designed to provide reconnaissance, situational awareness, and precision targeting support for ground, air, and sea forces.
The UAV is integrated with the Minotaur Track Management and Mission Management System software, integrating sensors and data into a comprehensive common operating picture shared by multiple aircraft and vessels. With its inclusion in the Fire Scout program, Systel continues its long-term support of Minotaur-integrated platforms throughout the DoD including the Navy, Coast Guard, and Department of Homeland Security. Systel's 2U and 4U rugged servers support ISR and ASW missions on aircraft and ground control stations such as Fire Scout, P-8A Poseidon, C-130J Super Hercules, MEA King Air, and P-3 Orion.
Systel officials are also showcasing the company's rugged computing called the Falcon. It is a high-performance, multimission ISR, and ISTAR solution. The Falcon features a set of computer, video, network, and storage in an extreme small form factor embedded package, providing a single mission processing and network backbone.
Falcon Fully Rugged Multi-Sensor Mission Computer. Image by Systel.[/caption]
It is fully sealed and certified to multiple environmental standards for unlimited platform integration and deployment capability. Falcon is optimized for major mission management software and delivers the ability to ingest and encode multiple sensor inputs in a compliant format for distribution, consumption, and storage.