Building rugged computers for the real world
When rugged computers and systems are integral to planning and executing missions, military operations rely on VT Miltope, the leading manufacturer of computers, servers/storage, network peripherals, and airborne solutions geared toward top performance under the most demanding environmental conditions.
VT Miltope is the leading manufacturer of rugged computer, server/mass storage and network peripheral equipment solutions for military, industrial, and commercial aviation applications that call for reliable performance under demanding environmental conditions. Based in Hope Hull, AL, Miltope employs 240 people and possesses more than 90,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space. Miltope is ISO 9001:2008, AS9100B, and ISO 14001:2004 registered.
Since 1975, VT Miltope has set the standard for developing computers specifically designed for ultra rugged military, government, industrial and commercial aviation applications that can withstand the harshest conditions. These ‘ruggedized’ computers are considered genuinely tough, not merely commercial or industrial-grade products resold with a metal wrapper.
The highest computer standard of rugged and reliability-under-pressure, that’s what VT Miltope is all about.
Rugged for Mission Critical Applications
VT Miltope’s rugged computing solutions play a vital role in various military programs. VT Miltope has numerous contracts with the Department of Defense, providing rugged computers, disks and other peripherals for the
US Army and other services. This includes over 50,000 TSC-750/750M rugged computers for MSD (Maintenance Support Device), the standard diagnosis and repair tool for military weapon systems and vehicles, AMPS (Aviation Mission Planning System), BFT-AVN (Blue Force Tracking-Aviation), and many other systems as well as over 8000 VT Miltope PCU-5100 rugged computer systems for the Soldier’s Portable On-System Repair Tool (SPORT), and multi-faceted CHS-1 (Common Hardware/Software Program).
RUGGED AVIATION NETWORK SOLUTIONS
VT Miltope's family of Airborne Broadband Network products is configured to define a network that optimizes the combination of interfaces and computing resources needed to meet the operational, spatial, and functional requirements of the simplest to the most complex airborne networks at a minimum cost. Used as building blocks, these products with aircraft-independent I/O, support Communication Management (including least-cost routing), WLAN Management, Network Management, Intranet and Web Services, FOQA recording and delivery, ACARS-over-IP and a wide variety of other system software applications.
Next Generation Rugged
Staying on the forefront of cutting-edge technology requires industry expertise and foresight, coupled with an understanding of the changing needs in the marketplace. VT Miltope’s relationships with key technology providers facilitates next-generation innovation. As an Intel early adopter, our development team developed our new TSC V3-GM45 system using the Intel Montevina chipset. Built rugged, VT Miltope’s TSC V3-GM45 is the most powerful rugged laptop computer for military tactical operations. Containing Intel® Core™ 2 Duo technology and equipped with up to 8 GB of DDR-3 RAM, this computer is fast and tough enough to support a mission in any environment. This system also includes a larger 15.4” WXGA enhanced MILBRITE ELG low-power display, which is readable in low or very bright light. What’s more, the fastest-yet 3D video dramatically enhances all aspects of the visual experience in every application. On a flight line or in a hangar, it is qualified to operate with surrounding equipment without interference.
VT Miltope provides the only industry leading standard five-year rugged laptop warranty. Confidence in the Miltope products due to field history, robust design parameters, the selection and screening of components and modules, environmental and physical handling protection designed into the system and a thorough 100% production test process to include ESS, allows Miltope to offer this warranty. In fact, with a fielded population of more than 20,000 units, MSD V2 is demonstrating an impressive 1.2% warranty return rate.
Rugged Customized Solutions
Developing rugged computers would be simple if all of the needs for computers were simple. Of course,
we all know that life is full of complexities. VT Miltope designs custom solutions to meet all of the complexities of real life environments by developing turn-key computer solutions for specific applications and needs. From supplying a product for a tactical situation to producing a public access Internet terminal, VT Miltope’s product line provides solutions that work when and where they are required.
VT Miltope has invested heavily in independent research and development, creating products that meet and exceed operational requirements and life cycle performance parameters. Designed and manufactured in the USA, all VT Miltope computers have been battle-proven during deployments with US troops and are fully tested to stringent military, industrial, and commercial aviation standards. To be considered rugged, all products are subjected to environmental stress screening during acceptance testing to ensure that their products can meet company standards and therefore, ensure confidence in deployed applications. In fact, VT Miltope excels in the design, testing, and manufacture of equipment that meets and exceeds the stringent standards of MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461, FCC Class B, RCTA DO-160, and IEEE 802.11.