Deploying Rugged COTS Systems
in Battlefield Environments

It’s been nearly 30 years since the famous COTS memo was sent by then Secretary of Defense William Perry, stipulating the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components wherever and whenever possible in military systems. While COTS procurement is now an accepted form of doing business, the main challenges for COTS suppliers remain: taking commercial technology and enabling its use for extreme military environments while also managing the short life cycles of commercial solutions. Reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements have made the problems even more complex. In this webcast, industry experts share methods for ruggedizing COTS systems for extreme military applications and discuss how to manage the obsolescence headaches that come with COTS use.

The success of the VPX and SOSA board architectures has led to faster and more streamlined development of electronics for embedded systems in defense applications and has raised time to deployment expectations for new systems. Chassis designers and system integrators like LCR are incorporating advanced design methods in order to keep pace with the new paradigm. Steve Gudknecht and Jordan Sudlow will discuss ways in which LCR is using design practices that ensure timely and effective packaging solutions for protecting mission critical electronic systems.

Dan Markoff, VP of Hardware Engineering, Annapolis Micro Systems

Steve Gudknecht, Marketing and Communications Manager, LCR Embedded Systems

Jordan Sudlow, Mechanical Design Engineer, LCR Embedded Systems

Rodger Hosking, Director of Sales, Mercury Systems, Saddle River New Jersey

Gawtam Jhoty, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, nVent/Schroff

John McHale, Military Embedded Systems, OpenSystems Media

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