Mission computers are at the heart of every military platform. Thats why we deliver high technology readiness level (TRL), field-proven technology that warfighters can trust.  At Curtiss-Wright, we leverage decades of experience and an unmatched IP locker to develop mission computers, ISR systems, ground computers, and program specific system solutions designed to perform optimally in the harshest deployed environments -whether on land, in the air, or at sea.

Our industry-leading System Architects partner with you to meet your system integration and program management requirements. They leverage our comprehensive range of open architecture commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) building blocks, or design a unique custom solution when required.

Small Form Factor (SFF) Mission Computers

In the aim to develop smaller, faster devices, our Parvus DuraCOR family of SFF mission computers provide the perfect balance of performance and size, weight, power (SWaP) optimization. These low-power, fanless systems are ideal for space and weight constrained platforms that cant accommodate standard 3U or 6U VPX systems, including helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV). Parvus DuraCOR compact systems are modular, expandable, and combine powerful graphics and data processing capabilities with ultra-reliable mechanical robustness.

3U and 6U OpenVPX Mission Computers

All of our 3U and 6U OpenVPX systems feature Curtiss-Wrights industry leading OpenVPX single board computers, high-speed networking and powerful graphics building blocks. ITAR-free solutions are also available.

Curtiss-Wright has been long recognized as the worlds leading supplier of 3U and 6U OpenVPX system solutions. Our mission computers are typically cooled using base plate, natural convection, or forced air technologies. Customizable to provide our customers with high TRL SWaP-C optimized solutions, they meet unique program requirements.

3U and 6U OpenVPX Ground Computers

To support deployed ground platforms, Curtiss-Wright designs unmatched 3U and 6U OpenVPX based ground computers. Typically cooled using natural convection, forced air, or air flow through (AFT) technologies, they can be configured with networking, fire control, and high I/O count modules. Whats more, they deliver outstanding high TRL solutions for fire control and mission payload applications.

3U and 6U ISR Systems

For the most compute-intensive ISR applications, Curtiss-Wright offers ultra-high performance 3U and 6U system designs. Typically cooled using forced air, AFT, and liquid technologies, these powerful systems combine the latest high-end DSP, GPGPU, and FPGA processing elements with high-speed networking connectivity. They are frequently deployed aboard manned airborne ISR platforms, UAVs, and ground Radar platforms.


Curtiss-Wright has always been at the forefront of bringing leading-edge open standards-based COTS products to the aerospace and defense market. As we did for the VME and OpenVPX embedded computing standards, through our leadership participation in the VITA Standards Organization, Curtiss-Wright is now helping to lead development of the new suite of CMOSS and SOSA standards for the next-generation of Army, Navy, and Air Force embedded systems. As your requirements for CMOSS or SOSA solutions emerge and evolve, please contact our system architect team to consult on your program needs.

Program Specific Systems

When your application has program specific system requirements, Curtiss-Wright is ready to support you with custom solutions. Our broad range of hardware IP, combined with our industry-leading packaging and thermal management expertise, provides you with an optimal design while vastly reducing scheduling risk and program management overhead. Our program specific solutions can address any level of application performance requirement, from mission computing, video and image processing, to networking and electronic warfare (EW). Examples of program specific OpenVPX solutions include our one-to-seven-slot Multi-Platform Modular Computer (MPMC) systems and the Scout family of base plate-cooled 3U VPX systems.

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