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Bridging Legacy Fiber Channel and Modern Ethernet On-Board A Fighter Aircraft
Multi-role fighter aircraft design was originally envisioned to reduce costs through the use of a common airframe, adapted to a number of different roles. As the airframe changes roles, it’s often upgraded with the latest technology, which typically involves adding data sources to the on-board network. Two decades ago, this data was reliably transported over significant distances with Fiber Channel (FC) technology. Today, however, Internet Protocol (IP) networks are at the forefront of technical development and the use of Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) is on the rise. With millions of dollars and lots of time invested in FC-based sensors on military platforms, how can a system architect upgrade a legacy platform with modern data storage and recording while retaining the FC sensors? When a customer was faced with this challenge they contacted Curtiss-Wright because they knew we had decades of fielded experience with FC technology.
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