Switching modules support US Air Force

Scientific Devices Australia

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Switching modules support US Air Force

The US Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base (Hill AFB), Utah, recently awarded a contract to Pickering Interfaces — a provider of modular signal switching and simulation for electronic test and verification.

The contract was for a large quantity of Pickering’s 6U High-Density Matrix modules (model 45-542) for the PXI switching requirement that is part of the PATS-70A (portable automated test set) for the O-Level and I-Level maintenance of A-10C aircraft. It calls for the company to provide the 45-542 PXI switching matrix modules for over 100 PATS-70A systems.

This is Pickering’s second large order for matrix modules, as the company previously worked with Hill AFB when it deployed the PATS-70 test set in 2014. The new program will enhance the capabilities of the PATS-70 test set to support additional armament and weapon systems in addition to supporting the existing avionics test functionality.

“We were elated to have been selected to supply these modules for the US Air Force’s mission-critical support program,” said Pickering Interfaces CEO Keith Moore. “This is one of the largest military contracts ever awarded to Pickering Interfaces and we are confident it will deliver the signal switching they need.”

The 45-542 is a 6U PXI high-density matrix module with a total of 1056 crosspoints (132 x 8) and is capable of handling 1 A and 170 VDC/120 VAC. Pickering’s engineers designed, built and tested the module to meet Hill’s specification. After extensive testing by Hill, it was determined that the matrix is capable of handling the capacitive load seen on the A-10C and the module performed as required.

The PXI switching matrix module is a COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) product and is available worldwide.

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