Pickering Interfaces High-Density PXI Switching Module Selected for A-10 Aircraft Ground Support

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PXI High-Density Matrix used in PATS-70 program for A-10 aircraftSeptember 17, 2013 - Schaumburg, IL - Pickering Interfaces Inc. announced today that Hill Air Force Base recently awarded them a contract for a large quantity of their Model 45-542 6U High-Density Matrix modules for the PXI switching requirement that is part of the PATS-70 (Portable Automated Test Station) program for the life extension program of the A-10 aircraft. As part of the life extension program, the PATS-70 will provide ground-based diagnostics for the A-10 avionics systems.

PATS (Portable Automated Test Set)-70

The contract award calls for Pickering Interfaces to provide the 45-542 PXI switching module for up to eighty PATS-70 systems. This is one of the largest military contracts ever awarded to Pickering Interfaces. 

Hill AFB was originally looking for a high-density switching module capable of handling 0.5Amp and 120VAC/95VDC in a 6U PXI module. Pickering's engineers designed, built and tested a new module to meet Hill's specification. During the design process, it was determined that a 1,056 crosspoint matrix size (132x8), could be achieved in a single width, 6U PXI module. A-10 Airccraft After extensive testing by Hill, it was determined that the new switch was capable of handling the capacitive load seen on the A-10 and the module performed as required. Quantity deliveries have started and the modules are being implemented in PATS-70 systems. 

The 45-542 PXI switching module is a COTS (Commercial-Off-The-Shelf) product and is available worldwide. For specifications and pricing please visit the Pickering website at pickeringtest.com

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