Data storage

Curtiss-Wright will provide encrypted data storage for an unmanned underwater vehicle

Curtiss Wright Defense Solutions Divisiona leading and trusted provider of robust and secure data storage solutions, announced that its Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) Data Transport System 1 (DTS1) network-attached storage (NAS) device has been selected by a leading US systems integrator for use on a small class unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) deployment. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide the customer with its DTS1 data storage and removable memory cartridge (RMC) technologies.

Ideal for use in size, weight and power limited (SWaP) platforms that must operate in harsh military environments, the rugged DTS1 is a compact unit that provides two layers of CSfC (Commercial Solutions for Classified) encryption approved by the NSA in a single device to protect critical data. Using data encryption solutions approved for placement on the CSfC component list enables system developers to significantly accelerate the development and deployment of their applications. For self-powered platforms such as UUVs, reducing the weight of electronic subsystems helps extend the duration and distance that missions can sustain. The contract, which began this year, is expected to last until 2030. The lifetime value of the award is estimated at more than $10 million.

“We are very pleased that our rugged and compact DTS1 data storage has been selected for deployment on a small class UUV, our first contract for an NSA-approved data encryption solution on a small UUV,” said Chris. Wiltsey, senior vice president and general manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “With its two layers of CSfC encryption, this fully operational data storage system, designed with a modular open systems approach, reduces program risk, time and cost.”

DTS1 uniquely integrates two separate layers of 256-bit AES encryption into a single device, making Top Secret data protection more cost-effective and low-risk than developing traditional NSA Type 1 devices. The Full Disk Encryption (FDE) hardware and software layers have been individually evaluated and certified against two Common Criteria protection profiles: (1) Collaborative Protection Profile for FDE – Encryption Engine; (2) Collaborative Protection Profile for FDE – Authorization Acquisition.

The very small DTS1 NAS device, which weighs only 1.71 kg (3.77 lb) and measures only 38.1 x 127 x 165.1 mm (1.5 x 5.0 x 6.5″), offers up to 8TB of solid-state storage (SSD) with two layers of certified encryption.It supports PXE protocol so that network clients in a vehicle or aircraft can quickly boot from files encrypted on DTS1. RMC storage cartridges. This approach both facilitates software updates for network clients and significantly reduces SWaP by eliminating the need for individual hard drives in each network client.

The RMC is a direct-attached storage device specifically designed for rugged and deployed applications. Small enough to fit in a shirt or flight suit pocket, the RMC is ideal for carrying data. With its 100,000 insertion cycle connector, the RMC was designed to withstand years of insertion and removal for data storage and transport. Based on industry-standard 2.5-inch SATA SSDs, the RMC is scalable from 256GB to 8TB today, but can accommodate new SSDs in the future.

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