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15 Mar 22. Curtiss-Wright Honored to Host Tri-Service Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration TIM & Expo. Tri-Service Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration TIM & Expo (Booth #27) – SOLOMONS LANDING, MD – March 15, 2022 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a leading supplier of modular open systems approach(MOSA) based solutions engineered to succeed, announced that it is serving in the honored role of Distinguished Host for the Tri-Service Open Architecture Interoperability Demonstration (TSOA-ID) TIM & Expo being held March 15 at the Solomons Inn Resort & Marina, MD. The TSOA-ID is a partnership between the U.S. Army PEO Aviation and CCDC – now known as DEVCOM, the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command C5ISR Center, NAVAIR Air Combat Electronics program office PMA-209, and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) for the benefit of government, industry and academia who are driving open systems/architectures.
TSOA-ID is focused on Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) principles specifically through hardware and software developed to meet open systems standards. This includes the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™), Hardware Open Systems Technologies (HOST), Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA™), and/or CMOSS (C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards). Curtiss-Wright is an active contributor to the definition and advancement of the open standards that support MOSA, including CMOSS and the SOSA Technical Standard. A leading participant in the development of the CMOSS and SOSA standards since the inception of both initiatives, Curtiss-Wright serves as a Principal Member of the Open Group’s™ SOSA™ Consortium, and is a leading contributor, including serving as a Board Member, to the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) that oversees the definition of the OpenVPX, PMC, XMC, and FMC form-factor standards that provide the foundation of both CMOSS and SOSA technical standards. Curtiss-Wright is ideally positioned to work with customers to help guide the development and success of their CMOSS and SOSA aligned applications.
“We are very proud to serve as the Distinguished Host for TSOA-ID 2022, during which Curtiss-Wright and its partners will demonstrate a broad range of rugged MOSA solutions that use open standards-based rugged hardware and software,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “During TSOA-ID, Curtiss-Wright technical demonstrations will showcase MOSA interoperability for high-performance processing, tactical battlefield communications, networking, secure data storage, and more. For example, in addition to hosting our SOSA Integration Lab, the Curtiss-Wright booth demos will include the company’s TCG HUNTR Tactical Data Link Hub and Network Translator, as well as highlighting compatibility with other hardware and software from trusted third-party partners.”
During TSOA-ID, Curtiss-Wright’s demos will highlight how the interoperability of SOSA-aligned solutions enables a system built for one specific mission to be leveraged to support new missions, with little or no modification. On display in both Curtiss-Wright’s main booth (booth #27) and the Curtiss-Wright Partner Demo Pavilion will be a breadth of deployable systems and lab assets based on open standards, including VICTORY, CMOSS, and others, from leading standards organizations, such as the SOSA Consortium, the FACE Consortium, IEEE, and VITA.
Complete CMOSS/SOSA System Solutions
Curtiss-Wright offers a broad range of CMOSS/SOSA aligned system building blocks, including:
- CHAMP-XD3 Intel® Xeon-D 1700-based DSP engine
- VPX3-687 VICTORY data / control plane Ethernet switch
- VPX3-663 PCIe Gen 3 / 10G Ethernet hybrid switch
- VPX3-673A A-PNT/Radial Clock card
- VPX3-1260 9th Gen Intel Xeon-E processor-powered general-purpose single board computer
- VPX3-E320 ruggedized universal software-defined radio peripheral
- VPX3-4935 NVIDIA® Quadro™ Turing™-power GPU co-processing engine
- 8-slot 3U OpenVPX CMOSS/SOSA-aligned enclosure
- CMOSS/SOSA Starter Kit for ground combat vehicles with VPX3-1260, VPX3-673A and VPX3-687 modules.
For more information, please visit our Modular Open Systems Approach page.
For additional information about Curtiss-Wright MOSA technologies, please visit www.curtisswrightds.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter @CurtissWrightDS.
About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global integrated business that provides highly engineered products, solutions and services mainly to Aerospace & Defense markets, as well as critical technologies in demanding Commercial Power, Process and Industrial markets. Headquartered in Davidson, N.C., we leverage a workforce of 7,800 highly skilled employees who develop, design and build what we believe are the best engineered solutions to the markets we serve. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing innovative solutions through trusted customer relationships. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com.
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14 Mar 22. S. African Defence industry lekgotla will address challenges.
A defence industry lekgotla next month will bring together the Department of Defence, industry representatives, policy-makers and academics to try and address some of the challenges facing the South African defence sector.
This is according to Dr Moses Khanyile, National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) Coordinator, who was briefing the Joint Standing Committee on Defence on 3 March on plans to boost the South African defence industry.
He explained that the NDIC decided there must be a defence industry lekgotla to address industry challenges. The primary aim of the lekgotla is to gather all relevant industry role-players, including the Minister and Deputy Ministers of Defence and Military Veterans, and the Minister of Public Enterprises, parliamentary committees on defence, policy-makers, academics and industry representatives, to come up with a coherent national view on how challenges will be dealt with.
Around 150 to 200 participants are expected to take part in the two-day event in April, subject to confirmation of logistical arrangements. The lekgotla will be held at a venue in Pretoria.
Secretary for Defence Gladys Sontoe Kudjoe told the Joint Standing Committee on Defence that the fiscus is drying up and impacting all of government, including defence, and so the idea of the lekgotla is to have all the “brains” come together to investigate how the defence sector’s problems can be resolved.
This will most likely include the Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, Denel, various director generals and other sector roleplayers.
Today, the South African defence industry is in a perilous state after years of decline and more recently due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and state capture. According to research by the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association, industry revenue declined from R19.5bn in 2016 to R12.5bn in 2020; exports declined by almost half from R12 bn to R6.5bn; and research and development spend dropped from R1.7bn to R500m over this period. The number of people directly employed in the defence industry dropped from 15 000 in 2016 to 12 500 in 2020.
Exports grew from R873m in the mid-1990s to R6.5 bn in 2019/20, but they have been in decline since 2016 after peaking at the height of the Iraq War. This is of concern to the industry, which relies on exports to survive in the face of a shrinking home market. The defence industry depends on exports for more than 50% of its total revenue. If exports continue to be constrained, the industry is facing a 40% reduction in workforce, the loss of 25 000 jobs along the supply chain, reputational damage to the South African brand, a reduction in tax revenues and a decline in technology investments. AMD has warned that if current trends continue, in five years’ time the industry will be almost redundant.
Exports are being hampered by inefficiencies within the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), inadequate political support, inflexible financial instruments/funding mechanisms, and a lack of appreciation and understanding of the role the industry can play in meeting national priorities.
A shortage of qualified and experienced engineers also effects the industry, and this has been compounded by difficult economic conditions (particularly at Denel) seeing engineers going abroad to work for Saudi Arabian and Emirati companies, amongst others.
In his presentation to the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, Khanyile said that the continued challenges at Denel have had disastrous effect on the entire defence ecosystem, including the total collapse of small to medium defence companies; derailing of industry transformation; and unabated skills drain. Sovereign integrity has already been compromised due the shortage of equipment for the South African National Defence Force and the Denel situation has exacerbated this.
Another threat Khanyile highlighted is the Open Secrets legal bid to stop 37 South African companies from doing business in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This bid, launched in mid-2021, is still before the courts. Khanyile said it is important that government efforts to oppose this matter continue to be supported and resources made available, as if Open Secrets is successful, this could “potentially obliterate the defence industry.”
“The potential impact of this case, should it be lost, would have on the Defence Industry is too ghastly to contemplate,” Khanyile stated. “There must be a coordinated and unified approach to defending the case – industry believes that government must take the lead in this regard.”
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