Mercury Computer Systems Awarded Contract to Deliver Rugged, High Density Solid State Data Recorder for Airborne ISR Applications

Mercury's open architecture approach and rapid prototyping capability result in selection over multiple competitive proposals

CHELMSFORD, Mass.  May 17, 2012  Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY,, a trusted provider of commercially developed application-ready ISR and EW subsystems for defense prime contractors, announced that it has received a contract from a leading defense prime contractor to provide an advanced solid state data recorder for the aggregation and storage of sensor data from airborne ISR applications.

"Our customer needed a technology upgrade that could manage the greatly expanded data streams generated by a new generation of sensors,"said Didier Thibaud, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mercury Computer Systems' Advanced Computing Solutions business unit. "We were selected because we were able to provide a rapid prototype solution they could use to enhance their application. Our Services and Systems Integration (SSI) team engaged closely with the customer's engineers to clearly understand the parameters of the problem, then designed an optimal solution based on industry standards."

The Mercury solution combines the very high density capacity Digital Storage Unit (DSU) with a controller function built to the 3U OpenVPX standard. The DSU uses an array of commercially available Solid State Disk (SSD) components configured within a compact, rugged, deployable enclosure, while the controller supports flexible protocol conversions as part of the data recording process.

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Mercury Computer Systems (, NASDAQ: MRCY) is a best-of-breed provider of open, commercially developed, application-ready, multi-INT subsystems for defense prime contractors. With over 30 years of experience in embedded computing, superior domain expertise in radar, EW, EO/IR, C4I and sonar applications, and more than 300 successful program deployments including Aegis, Global Hawk and Predator, Mercury's Services and Systems Integration team leads the industry in partnering with customers to design and integrate system-level solutions that minimize program risk, maximize application portability, and accelerate customers' time to market.

Mercury is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and serves customers worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries, and distributors.