Rugged Tactical Switch .Networking in the Field


The only VICTORY integrated switch in a DOD program of record, the IP67 sealed NanoSWITCH® is a rugged, 10/16 port Gigabit Ethernet switch designed for space-constrained environments such as military vehicles and offshore oil platforms. 

It securely enables mobile networks on-board vehicle and aircraft, supporting digital network architectures for situational awareness and network centric operations. An embedded x86 PC can be used for custom network applications or optional VICTORY software configuration. Applications include:

  • Vehicle network switching
  • Distributed architecture vehicle controller
  • VICTORY compliant switch, router, timing, and control
  • WAN – LAN interconnectivity and firewall
  • Shared processing and peripheral communications

VICTORY Implemented

NanoSWITCH is available in a VICTORY (Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability) software configuration, which eliminates redundancy and reduces SWAP in Army ground vehicles.  

Reliable and Compact

Mercury’s minimizes Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) and provides enhanced reliability. 

  • 44mm x 151mm x 249mm
  • Less than 3.6 lb
  • IP67 sealed (water, dust, salt fog)
  • Sealed MIL connectors
  • Operating Temp: -40°C to 71°C


  • Versatile layer 2/3 GigE Ethernet switch with built-in x86 PC
  • Noiseless, passively cooled 1.7”x 6”x 9.8” form factor
  • MIL-STD-1275E, -704F, -461F, and -810G
  • Environmentally sealed to IP67 for water, dust, salt, fog protection
  • Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) implemented

Precision Control

The NanoSWITCH’s 10x or 16x external GigE ports operate at rates of 10, 100, and 1000 Mbps. It supports sophisticated IPv4 and IPv6 routing such as tunneling, IP Multicast, VLANs, IETF, IEEE, and DSL Forum standards. A full management suite and Command Line Interface (CLI) is included to simplify switch control and routing operations.

The IGMP snooping feature enables the network to operate at peak efficiency by limiting the IP multicast traffic to the ports that request it, while 802.1Q VLAN support quickly segregates network traffic. VLANs provide an additional layer of security by separating sensitive data from other network workgroups.

Workload Efficiency

With numerous Quality of Service (QoS) features, the NanoSWITCH ensures traffic is prioritized to deliver superior performance for real-time applications. These features include system management, voice, video, and bandwidth-intensive file uploads and downloads. Additional capabilities, such as IEEE 802.1p priority tagging, DSCP,
and eight hardware traffic class queues maintain quality for real-time applications.


  • Fully managed L2/L3, 16 or 10 port GigE Ethernet switch
    • 16x or 10x tri-mode 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T
  • Full wire-speed non-blocking forwarding
    • Layer-2 wire speed switching engine and Layer-3 wire speed routing engine
    • Fully non-blocking wire –speed performance with all ports and all
      frame sizes
  • QoS management enabled by advanced queuing
  • IPv4/v6 differentiated services (DiffServ)/ DSCP traffic prioritization
  • specifications
  • WEB, NSP and CLI (terminal, ssh) configuration and monitoring
  • 802.1Q-based VLANs enabling and selective QnQ enabling
  • Port-level security via 802.1X authentication
  • 4/8/16 Group LAG support with protocol (LACP)
  • All types of storm control
  • Port mirroring for noninvasive monitoring of switch traffic
  • Auto Medium Dependent Interface (MDI) and MDI crossover (MDI-X)
  • Auto negotiate/manual setting
  • LEDs: System, GigE Link/Act and Speed – all blankable

Embedded x86 PC Module

  • Full featured AMD Fusion APU for VICTORY or user applications (e.g.
    Firewall, Gateway, IoT)
  • 1GB DRAM, 64GB SSD
  • External GB-GRAM/DAGR/Polaris compliant GPS Port with selectable
  • 1x Internal GigE port into switch (17th port) and 1x external GigE
  • VGA video output
  • 2x RS-232 ports
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Replaceable long life RTC battery or external power support
  • Linux Ubuntu installed as standard

Architecture and Layer 2/3 Features

Switch Architecture

  • 10x or 16x GigE Ethernet ports with auto tri-speed 10/100/1000Mbps and
  • MDIX
  • Layer 2/3 enterprise non-blocking network switch for demanding SWAP-C
  • environments
  • Dual Core ARM© v7 800MHz CPU for CLI (Command Line Interface) and
  • management
  • ECC protected DRAM
  • Marvell Prestera®-DX PONCat3 hardware based packet processor
  • Glenair 801-033 Mighty Mouse series connectors, environmentally sealed
  •  Wire speed ingress and egress traffic policers
  • Management via Ethernet (http/telnet/SNMP) or RS232

Layer 2/3 Features

  • 16K L2 forwarding entries
  • 802.1w rapid spanning tree
  • 802.1s spanning tree protocol
  • 802.3ad link aggregation/LACP
  • 4-16 LAGs
  • 802.1Q VLANs (256-4K VLANs)
  • 802.1AB link layer discovery protocol
  • Port mirroring
  • Jumbo frames (10KB)
  • 802.3x PAUSE
  • Static MAC addresses
  • IGMPv1, 2, 3 snooping
  • MLDv1, 2 snooping

VICTORY and Customization

VICTORY Service Options

  • Time synch VT50000
  • Position VT50100
  • Switch VT50900
  • Shared processing VT51900
  • VDB management VT52200
  • IA configuration description
  • C4ISR configuration description
  • Platform system configuration description

Customizable Options

  • Inertial navigation/GPS
  • VectorNAV VN100 IMU
  • VectorNAV VN200/VN300 GPS/IMU
  • Expansion for SBC
  • MIL-STD-1553
  • CANBus
  • ARINC 429
  • Other interfaces
  • SSD
  • Write protection (other devices already supported)
  • Secure erase via hardware signal
  • Hardware encryption
  • SBC PC
  • FLEX option – no SBC (with smaller management Connector)
  • Future embedded SBC PC module options

Configuration Options

  • NanoSWITCH – 16 Port
  • NanoSWITCH – 10 Port
  • VICTORY option

Environmental & Compliance

MIL Specification Compliance

  • MIL-STD-1275E – Ground vehicle power
  • MIL-STD-704F – Aircraft power (with no hold up)
  • MIL-STD-461F – EMC Army ground, Navy ground
  • MIL-STD-810G – Environmental

MIL-STD-810G Environmental Compliance

  • IP67 environmentally sealed (water, dust, salt fog)
  • Sealed MIL connectors
  • Altitude: 15,000ft
  • Immersion: 1m
  • Dust, salt, fog
  • Storage temperature: -50°C to 105°C
  • Operating temperature: -40ºC to 71ºC
  • Shock: 50g, 25ms half sine, all directions
  • Vibration: 5G RMS 8Hz to 2KHz, composite wheeled, cargo jet, helicopter profiles


  • 28V nominal isolated power input to MIL-STD-1275E
  • +/- 250V transient, 100V surge, 12V starting surge capable
  • Voltage ripple filtering
  • 34W maximum (22-31W Typical, NanoSWITCH), 23W maximum (NanoSWITCH FLEX)
  • Status LED blanking control

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