Curtiss-Wright Awarded Contract for Small Form Factor Rugged Network Router & Ethernet Switch

For secure managed Cisco® 5915 ESR-based network routing and Gigabit Ethernet switching on-board a fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft

ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division has received a contract to supply its network switch and router technology for use in an upgrade program for a European air force’s fixed-wing maritime patrol aircraft. Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide the customer, a leading prime system integrator, with its rugged small form factor commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Parvus® DuraMAR® 5915 3X Series subsystem. The DuraMAR 5915 3X Series combines the Cisco 5915 Embedded Services Router (ESR) and Curtiss-Wright’s Parvus DuraNET® 20-10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch in a single compact line replaceable unit (LRU). The subsystem’s Layer 2 Vitesse GbE switch provides a total of 23 Ethernet ports. It enables secure managed network routing and GbE switching capabilities for the aircraft’s onboard communications and computing subsystems.

The selection of the DuraMAR 5915 3X was influenced by the combined network router and Ethernet switch’s small size and low cost, the past platform performance of previous generations of the DuraMAR 5915 product onboard a variety of maritime aircraft, and the product’s advanced features, which include Cisco IOS software management and security capabilities. Another key attribute of the DuraMAR 5915 3X is the extensive validation and qualification testing that Curtiss-Wright recently performed on the subsystem for MIL-STD and DO-160 environmental, EMI, and power requirements of military/commercial aircraft and ground vehicle platforms.

“Curtiss-Wright is very proud to have been selected by our customer to provide our rugged small form factor network router and Cisco-based Ethernet switching technology for use in this important maritime patrol aircraft,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “The selection of the DuraMAR 5915 3X Series follows our earlier successes onboard such aircraft as the CP-140 and the HH-C130J with earlier generations of the DuraMAR 5915.”

Curtiss-Wright is manufacturing the products covered by this agreement at its facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. The products are being shipped to the customer in the US for integration into the allied air force’s maritime patrol aircraft. Shipments began in July 2015.

For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Parvus family of small and ultra-small form factor Mission Computers and Ethernet Switch products, please visit

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 9,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

John Wranovics

Dir. of Public Relations

Defense Solutions Division


T: 925.640.6402

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