Ampex Data Systems Announces Multi-year Contract with Northrop Grumman for U.S. Navy’s E2-D Hawkeye

Ampex Data Systems (Ampex), a Delta Information Systems Company, announced the receipt of a Full Rate Production Lot 7 (FRP-7) contract from Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation. In addition to multiple TuffServ282 (TS282) Rugged Network File Servers (NFS), Ampex will be delivering supporting storage media for use in the United States Navy’s E-2D Hawkeye airborne surveillance aircraft. Ampex will supply multiple shipset systems over a five year period.

The U.S. Navy’s E2-D Hawkeye is an airborne early warning and command and control aircraft system that provides expanded battlespace awareness for carrier-strike groups. Its two-generation leap in radar technology allows the E-2D to work with ship-, air- and land-based combat systems to track and defeat air, ship and cruise missiles at extended range. Furthermore, the E2-D can also be used as a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief aircraft for civilian emergency coordination.

Known as the fastest ruggedized Network File Servers on the market, Ampex’s TuffServ Series is engineered to perform in extreme airborne, ground, and space environments. Built for rugged environments with MIL-STD power and connectors, the TS282 meets the real-world needs of operators with features such as built-in power hold up, a front-panel display to help identify and resolve anomalies, two media types to allow for different data sources, and service features to facilitate maintenance. Additional features include; more than 200MB/s sustained read or write throughput, standard dual gigabit Ethernet interfaces, and six second full load power holdup.

“This agreement confirms Ampex’s ongoing commitment to supporting the United States Navy and its E-2D Hawkeye partners. We are exceptionally proud to be a part of the Hawkeye team, and look forward to providing the U.S. Navy with best-in-class mission recording systems.” stated Jim Orahood, vice president and general manager of Ampex Data Systems.

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