TuffServ 480v2 Gigabit Ethernet Airborne Network Server

Increased Performance, Storage, and Modern Processor Choices

  • Ruggedized NAS Computer / Server / Recorder; fully compatible with the TS-480
  • Hot-Swappable Removable Solid State Storage Array; supports legacy TS-480 RSAs and new TS-480v2 RSAs
  • Multiple Interfaces Gigabit Ethernet; Optical 10 Gigabit Ethernet, sFPDP, and custom
  • NFS, CIFS/SMB Network File Systems
  • Ampex Common Compute Environment on a Certified Operating Systems Protection Profile platform
  • GUI and Web Interface for Administration and Environmental Monitoring
  • Conduction-cooled Flight-proven Chassis
  • Compact: 5.25″H x 7.25″W x 10″D

The TuffServ® 480v2 airborne server is a rugged, general purpose computing platform packaged for airborne and mobile applications. It functions as a ruggedized computer, a file server, or as a recorder. It can also be configured as a network-attached block-storage device using the iSCSI protocol.

The airborne server provides large removable storage with up to sixteen commodity solid-state disks in a hot swappable solid state disk array. By using carefully selected OEM solid state devices, the system can deliver up to 6.1TB of rugged, high-performance storage at a price point comparable to traditional ruggedized rotating disks, but with significantly better environmental and performance characteristics.

The standard system is delivered with a Linux system based on the 2.6 kernel. This provides a wide range of network services out of the box, including NFS and Samba for Windows SMB/CIFS networks, FTP and iSCSI. As a completely open system, based on the industry standard Intel architecture, there is a wealth of additional open-source or commercial software which may be installed and deployed, including databases, multimedia packages and management tools. The standard system can be controlled and administered with a web browser or a terminal emulator and a traditional command line interface. Direct access is also available via the service ports.

Video & Imagery

When it comes to video and imagery, the TuffServ 480v2 (TS-480v2) is similar to the TS-640 in terms of capability but can be more affordable for customers who require slightly less speed and capacity. The TS-480v2 does boast an updated processor, making it more powerful in some ways than its older sibling.


The TuffServ 480v2 (TS-480v2) is considered the “sweet spot” for customers who need to record radar data, but don’t need the high-end capacity of the TS-640, nor the extremely small size of the TS-540. With its “FP” model, the 540 is equipped with a serial front panel data port (sFPDP) interface common to radar manufactures. The TS-480v2FP for example, is used onboard international multi-role fighters and airborne warning and control aircraft to record data from their custom-built multi-mode radars.


The TuffServ 480v2 (TS-480v2) gives customers who don’t require the absolute highest speed and largest storage capacity or the smallest size a solution that fits their needs.  With its “FP” model, the 480v2 is equipped with a serial front panel data port (sFPDP) interface common to many EW system manufactures.  The TS-480v2 is used to support the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System

Mission Computers & Storage

The TuffServ 480v2 (TS-480v2) is considered the “sweet spot” for customers who need mission computing power but not the high-end performance of the TS-640, nor the extremely small size of the TS-540. Like all Ampex systems, the TS-640 can also be configured to capture and record military and commercial standard bus data (e.g. MIL-STD 1553, 1760, ARINC-429).  The Air Force uses the TS-480v2 as the primary system for foreign military sales programs involving sensitive reconnaissance systems.

Flight Test

The F-15 program has used the TS-480 series for years as part of flight testing its electronic warfare upgrade. The TS-480’s “FP” (front panel) models is ideal for capturing RF data, to include radar, for flight test as it is equipped with a serial front panel data port (sFPDP) interface common to RF system manufacturers.