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Ampex dealt 'AICES' on Navy's next-generation infrared countermeasures evaluation pod
Ampex Data Systems Corporation announced their selection to provide the airborne and ground data acquisition systems for the Airborne Infrared Countermeasure Evaluation System (AICES) pod upgrade to NAWC-WD Point Mugu, California. As a key component to the Next-Generation Airborne Turret Infrared Measurement System (ATIMS), the recording of multiple channels of Standard and high-definition video, high-speed serial and aircraft bus data are critical to the countermeasures evaluation mission. Ampex will provide a set of four miniR 700 solid-state recorder systems to capture the full spectrum of infrared data measured by the pod. "The AICES program crosses the elements of both mission systems and instrumentation recording that the flexible architecture of our miniR 700 solid-state recorder system so fully supports," stated Business Development Manager John Hardy in describing Ampex's solution for the program.
In addition to the airborne acquisition system, Ampex will supply companion DSRs 720 ground systems to support post-mission download, analysis and archive operations. The DSRs 720 is a fully integrated laboratory processing system that follows the same scalable "grow with the future" architecture found in the miniR 700 recorder and other Ampex ruggedized data acquisition products. Based on a fully ruggedized COTS chassis, the DSRs 720 can be configured to support both local and network data dissemination operations.
The miniR 700 recorder brings the very latest in airborne data acquisition technology to the marketplace in a small, light, affordable package. "A turn-key solution" is the way that Bob Smith, Marketing Manager for Ampex, described the miniR 700 and DSRs 720 systems that will be used on the AICES pod: "We are pleased to report on our selection, and excited by the opportunity to support the Navy's Point Mugu team on this critical program." System shipments will be made later this year.
The miniR 700 and DSRs 720 systems are currently in operation with a number of US and Allied forces providing high-performance data acquisition for flight test, ISR and other advance sensor applications.
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