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Many of our Defense customers have come to depend on and trust MSS as the premiere manufacturer of Ruggedized Electronics and affordable customization, that can be deployed on land, air or sea.

At MSS we have worked with many leading companies on their programs and defense platforms in every branch of the Department of Defense. Our product portfolio and application-based solutions approach has provided our customers the solutions and reliability they need for the harshest of operating environments.

  • Extensive experience in ruggedized electronic systems for multiple defense platforms (Airborne, Shipboard, and Land Vehicles)
  • Advanced design, engineering, and testing that meet the demands of the A&D industry
  • Contract Manufacturing, Build to Print capabilities and on-site manufacturing and prototyping
  • Affordable customization, packaging and integration of ruggedized COTS

MSS expertise and experience in data handling, ruggedization, and development of customer specification goes beyond packaging mass memory products that provide affordable customized subsystem and standardized integrated box level electronics.


American-Made, Battle-Tested Rugged Military Electronics Solutions

MSS provides sealed rugged hard drives for diverse military applications, ranging from the Wedgetail aircraft and the P3 Orion, to the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) used on the Predator B UAV. MSS has also ruggedized fragile hard drives that have performed flawlessly in the harshest environments, including sonar applications for the Blackhawk helicopters and F-16 radar systems.

MSS is adept at providing data storage systems to Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISAR) platforms, providing low cost per GB of ruggedized rotating hard drives when compared to the cost of solid-state drives.

MSS designed, developed and qualified a conduction cooled 2 slot 6U VME system. The unit houses two removable sealed 128GB SATA SSD units that mount via levered wedge locks. This allows for easy removability of the storage modules without removing the entire 6U VME card.

Specific MSS case studies include:

  • Customized Solid-State Data Recorder
  • Secure erase capability and tool-less handles to meet MIL-STD-810F standards and performance qualifications.
  • Extended operational temperature threshold
  • Improved vibration, shock, altitude and impedance matching for high-speed SATA data transfer.
  • High-storage capabilities into extreme environment at a low cost per gigabyte.
  • Manufactured Customer designed Short Plug Assembly Datalogger 
  • Customized data recorder and disks with conduction cooled 4-bay, high-speed data recorder and corresponding SATA solid state disks.
  • Upgraded Cascade Series SCSI sealed rugged hard drive and docking bay to a Cascade Series removable SATA sealed rugged hard drive and docking bay.


PROJECT: Sniper™ Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP)

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The combat-proven Sniper Pod is the U.S. Air Force's advanced targeting pod (ATP) of record. The Sniper ATP provides critical long-range, positive identification of targets and possesses a video down link (VDL) equipped with the widely used Rover ground receiver to relay high resolution streaming video to forward-deployed forces for NT-ISR and rapid target coordination. Its advanced target identification capabilities enhance the Warfighter's ability to detect and analyze ground targets while dramatically decreasing the risks posed by enemy air defenses.  Sniper is a Registered Trademark of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

PROJECT: 737 AEW&C/Project Wedgetail

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The 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system encompasses both the Boeing 737-700 aircraft platform and a variety of aircraft control and advanced radar systems. Consisting of components created by Boeing and Northrop Grumman, the 737 AEW&C represents the standard for future airborne early warning systems.

PROJECT: P-3 Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (P-3C AIP)

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As prime contractor to NAVAIRSYSCOM since 1994, Lockheed Martin is prime and systems integrator enhancing P-3C avionics, including non-acoustic sensors, communications, survivability and displays and controls. New workstations, SATCOM capabilities and enhanced radar, optical and infrared (IR) sensors will significantly increase the aircraft's surveillance role. The technology used draws on the latest COTS and non-developmental items. To date, the company has delivered 60 AIP aircraft to the U.S. Navy. Additionally, a series of preplanned product improvements (P3I) to enhance system capabilities are underway.

PROJECT: Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) designed to defend U.S. troops, allied forces, population centers, and critical infrastructure. THAAD operates in a unique battle space intercepting both endo- and exo-atmospheric short-to-intermediate range ballistic missiles. This ground-based missile defense system is rapidly deployable with high mobility, providing proven capability to Combatant Commanders world-wide. THAAD is an interoperable system with other BMDS elements and can accept cues from Aegis, satellites and other external sensors, as well as work in concert with the Patriot/PAC-3.