The fire control computer sits at the core of many of our military’s weapons. This computer takes in data from numerous sources such as radar, inertial systems, various sensors and sometimes human input. All of this data feeds the algorithm that runs on the computer to determine the trajectory and direction of a munition to be fired. This is a function that must work every time a round is fired. It is imperative that this computer have very low latency, be extremely deterministic and be very, very reliable to keep our war-fighter safe.
Curtiss-Wright has been delivering fire control processors for a wide range of ground vehicles for many years. To minimize latency, all of the specific I/O required for a specific vehicles sensor suite and vehicle information bus are integrated directly to the processor. Power architecture CPUs are used to ensure highly deterministic operation along with streamlined operating systems. To ensure the highest reliability, the best components are used and a high performance thermal management solution keeps all of the components at the lowest possible temperatures for the environment while also being ensured to survive nuclear events. These are some of the most rugged electronics in the world and Curtiss-Wright can provide the complete, integrated and qualified Fire Control LRU.