Azure Summit Technology Secures Engineering Services Funding to Transition 3U RF Receiver to Production

PRESS RELEASE — Fairfax, VA, March 27, 2019 – Azure Summit Technology, provider of high-performance RF electronics hardware, firmware, and software products for the Department of Defense, announced today that it received a fifth delivery order on its five-year $48.5 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with the US Navy to support the AN/ZLQ-1 V2 Common Chassis for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Submarine Sensor Systems Programs.

This order secures nearly $1 million in engineering services, including more than $750,000 to productize and enhance the 4-channel 3U open VPX software-definable RF receiver for the Navy. As announced in November 2018, Azure successfully demonstrated the 3U receiver to the Navy, and this order funds design updates to transition from the prototype to the production system.

Azure’s Switchblade product family provides modular, open-architecture multi-channel RF performance with low cost and SWaP. It includes fully integrated RF, digital, and on-board computing resources in form factors well-suited to small manned and unmanned air, surface, and subsurface platforms. The 3U Switchblade is fully compatible with all tuner modules and software/firmware applications that are available and in use with Azure’s production Switchblade 6U transceivers, including both the 80 MHz and 600 MHz Instantaneous Bandwidth tuners. It is also compatible with the Switchblade Wideband Transmitter Module, currently under development, that will enable the 3U to operate as a wideband transceiver. Also under development is an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance form factor transceiver that will be interoperable with all these same tuner/transmitter modules and suitable for even smaller form factors than the 3U. The prototype is anticipated to be available by 3QFY19.

“This new effort builds on the success of the initial 3U demonstration to develop design enhancements for the production 3U. Once in production, the 3U will extend all the available Switchblade capabilities to any 3U open VPX-based RF system architecture, further expanding the range of platforms that can host low cost and SWaP Switchblade sensing and communications solutions.” stated Azure Summit Technology CEO, Dr. Thomas Green, Jr.

Azure Summit Technology is a mature, growing small business with locations in Fairfax, Virginia, and Melbourne, Florida, that develops and delivers high-performance RF hardware, firmware, and software products, and innovative, practical, multi-function RF systems solutions that address emerging missions of national importance for customers across the Department of Defense.


For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Green, Jr., at (571) 308-1400 or visit