Crystal Group Awarded Retrofit Contract for P-8A Poseidon VADSS Equipment

Hiawatha, Iowa, USA – Crystal Group Inc., a trusted manufacturer of rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) custom-developed computers, displays, switches, and storage devices, announced today that Boeing has awarded the company with a contract extension to provide Video And Data Storage System (VADSS) units aboard the U.S. Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.  Boeing supplies the P-8A surveillance plane to the U.S. Navy.

“Crystal Group is proud to continue our production support to Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon program,” said Todd Prouty, Business Development Manager for Crystal Group. “This order extension to retrofit 24 additional aircraft is a testament to the Navy and Boeing’s commitment to apply VADS System to the entire fleet.  We are excited about this partnership to offer our customers a comprehensive line of rugged solutions for their unique operational needs.”

Under this contract extension, Crystal Group will provide Boeing with VADSS hardware to retrofit twenty-four low rate initial production aircraft that Boeing has already delivered to the U.S. Navy with installations beginning in 4Q 2015.  The entire contract, including prior award to supply VADSS for Lots 4 and 5 of the P-8A production, is expected to complete in 4Q 2016.

VADSS is comprised of Crystal Group’s rugged, lightweight computer servers and storage devices that capture and process video data gathered from surveillance sensors onboard the aircraft. 

About Crystal Group Inc.

Crystal Group Inc., an employee-owned small business located in Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, is a technology innovation leader specializing in both custom and COTS products for defense, government and industrial markets since 1987. Crystal Group designs and manufactures installation-ready rugged servers, displays, networking devices, embedded systems, power supplies and storage devices that fit critical applications in demanding environmental conditions.

The company is certified to quality management standards AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008.  Crystal Group products meet and exceed MIL-STDs 810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901, IEEE and IEC industrial standards. Additionally, the company offers integration services, configuration management, product life-cycle planning and 5+ year warranties.

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