LONDON Radstone Embedded Computing is to supply Thales U.K. with a real time data processor (RTDP) subsystem for Watchkeeper, a complete, integrated surveillance solution for the U.K.’s armed forces.
The RTDP accepts compressed video from the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), processes it and distributes it to supervisory consoles within the ground control system.
Part of a mobile ground control system, the RTDP will include three Radstone PPCM2 6U VME dual processor single board computers; a StarSwitch multipurpose StarFabric switch, together with a PMC-StarLite switched-fabric interconnect PMC to allow high speed communication between the three processors; and a third party fibre channel PMC.
Total value of the order to Radstone is in excess of £1 million. Development will commence immediately and deliveries will begin during 2008.
Watchkeeper is the U.K. Ministry of Defence's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, which will provide the U.K. armed forces with intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability, and will be a key component of the U.K.'s drive for network enabled capability (NEC).