Switch and Router Subsystems Onboard Amphibious Assault Vehicle

Switch and Router Subsystems Onboard Amphibious Assault Vehicle
Switch and Router Subsystems Onboard Amphibious Assault Vehicle
Case Study
April 17, 2015

Switch and Router Subsystems Onboard Amphibious Assault Vehicle

The U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) required an IP network backbone upgrade for the AAVC-7A1, the command variant of the US Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Assault Vehicle. This veteran-tracked amphibious landing vehicle plays a vital role in troop transport used to deliver surface assault elements of the landing force and their equipment. The AAVC-7A1 variant integrates multiple tactical radios and internetworking communications equipment used by commanders.

The U.S. government needed to upgrade the networking architecture onboard the AAVC-7 to extend the service life of the platform and transition from legacy Cisco IOS-based router and switch subsystems to newer Cisco technologies that still met the information assurance and interoperability requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) and could easily be configured and maintained using a familiar Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI).

Command variants of the USMC AAV were outfitted with embedded Cisco IOS-based rugged Parvus subsystems to provide comprehensive security and L2/L3 networking features in support of mission operations. As a result of these rugged COTS SWaP-C optimized LRUs meeting all functional, environmental, and defense agency interoperability requirements, these units now provide network connectivity for the tactical communications equipment onboard the AAVC-7.

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