First Rugged Flat Panel Display deployed for military service: The Navy Special Projects Office and their prime contractor GE were looking to advance technology aboard the Trident submarine fleet. Working with both groups and our principal manufacturer, a division of Eaton Corp. at the time we identified the technology available by IBM, which was mature enough to meet the requirements for the LCD. In addition, our small and relatively unknown team provided the superior business support in understanding their acquisition process, and addressing their needs for an engineered solution that proved to be the best value while beating our well known competitor, Barco and being first to market. From this beginning into the flat panel display market, we were able to leverage our expertise and capabilities into additional Trident submarine requirements for navigation and weapons controls. The result was two new contracts, one with Lockheed and the other with Electric Boat.
US Navy CIWS (Close in Weapons System: We first identified a critical need in 1990 for a PMU (portable maintenance computer) that could operate in above deck, in all weather shipboard conditions. Working with prime contractor GE and NSWC, Crane, IN and together with our principal Paravant Computer Systems a specification was developed. It took time and a thorough understanding of rigorous requirements to shape a relationship of trust and confidence that resulted in winning a competitive bid. The key technical discriminator was the EMI requirements of 200 volts/meter that we were able to demonstrate through test results. In the end the Navy received a product well suited to maintain the ship defense Phalanx Gun throughout it’s fleet. As we provided our account management and customer service throughout the product life cycle, the CIWS program evolved and emerging needs for new technology surfaced. We again identified technology gaps that were key to solving the Navy’s problems. In this case working with Raytheon as the responsible design and production agent we brought solutions to each of 4 new gaps that are still in production today for the Phalanx Block 1B, and Block 1B Baseline 2. A new PMU, HMI, and
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