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October 19, 2012

Mercury Obtains $2.2M Purchase Order for Airborne Radar Application

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Mercury Computer Systems recently announced that it received a $2.2M purchase order relating to an airborne radar application for fighter aircraft.

The Chelmsford, Massachusetts-based company is a provider of commercially developed, open sensor and big data processing systems, software and services for critical commercial, defense and intelligence applications.

Over the years, DoD has implemented reforms for defense technology procurement. These reforms have focused on reducing costs and compressing schedules. Company officials said that it wants warfighting capabilities deployed faster -- and at a lower cost. “Fortunately this new business landscape plays to Mercury’s strengths.”

The company’s Services and Systems Integration (SSI) team claims to lead the industry in partnering with defense prime contractors to design and integrate system-level solutions that minimize program risk, maximize application portability as well as accelerate customers’ time to market.

Company officials said that they have designed a sophisticated Application Ready Subsystem (ARS) that enables radars to search, track and launch in wider areas of surveillance. The ARS comes with “extremely dense” military radar signal-processing capabilities and high-bandwidth serial RapidIO (News - Alert) switch fabric to support real-time processing.

"Mercury's outstanding working relationship with this customer, forged through years of close collaboration, continues to help drive the success of this critical airborne program,” said Didier Thibaud, president of the Advanced Computing Solutions business unit at Mercury Computer Systems.

Thibaud expects that this collaboration will enable the company’s customer to continue to leverage Mercury’s commercially developed open architecture-based signal processing technology to realize faster time to market and a lower total cost of ownership for their program.

Mercury has evolved into a provider of open, end-to-end sensor processing subsystems. It offers a product set that spans the entire ISR sensor processing chain, from acquisition to dissemination.

Last month, the company acquired Micronetics (News - Alert), a manufacturer of microwave and radio frequency (RF) components and integrated subassemblies.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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