Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutionsa leading developer and provider of advanced communications solutions for the US Department of Defense (DoD), has launched a new 26-port version of its popular PacStar® 446 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch Modulethe industry’s most compact solution for deploying high-density network access to the tactical edge powered by Cisco IOS-XE.
The 26-port PacStar 446, the newest addition to the PacStar Networking Systems family of tactical, battlefield, early entry and emergency communications solutions, combines 24 GbE user ports and 2 10GbE SFP+ ports. Designed to support a wide range of edge-based applications including C5ISR, cybersecurity, sensors, IoT, computing, and data storage, the 26-port PacStar 446 is equally suited to small teams than to systems with more than 100 users.
Based on Cisco Embedded Services Switch (ESS) 3300, the module integrates seamlessly into PacStar IQ-Core Software, leverages existing user training and provides the latest security features. It also provides up to 60W of 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE+). These advanced features help simplify the deployment of GbE network access for critical voice, data and video connectivity in a compact and rugged form factor. The module can be used either as a standalone switch or in pluggable configurations with other PacStar 400 series modules including switches, servers, and gateways. A wide range of packaging and transportation solution options are available.
“Today’s fighters on the tactical periphery of the battlefield are increasingly dependent on reliable and flexible broadband networks,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Division. Solutions. “To meet the growing need for Ethernet network connectivity in the field, our new 26-port PacStar 446 switch module provides high-density Gigabit network access for voice, data and video connectivity in a compact and rugged form factor. Our all-new PacStar switching module, which deploys Cisco ESS 3300 integrated switching technology in a rugged, deployable form factor, highlights our leadership position in battlefield networking technology and showcases our strong partnership. ongoing with Cisco.
Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions’ PacStar product line is included in the Cisco STI Partner Program. PacStar, a former Cisco IOT Partner of the Year award winner, was acquired by Curtiss-Wright in 2020.