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Black box for armoured vehicles

Recording system for mission data

Robust and compact data recording systems serve to reconstruct mission-relevant incidents and document and record mission data. Connected to the vehicle subsystems, data recorders from KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics collect, digitise, store and compress information and sensor data from a variety of sources.

Possible sources that can be active simultaneously include analogue video data from the observation system and reconnaissance equipment, audio data from the on-board intercom system and navigation data. The system encodes and stores all of the data. The data can be viewed and evaluated immediately with the help of appropriate software. The system is equipped with peripheral devices for this purpose.

Performance overview:

  • Ruggedized mission data recorder
  • Processes analogue video data
  • Records navigation data
  • Vehicle-oriented interfaces
  • Immediately readable via software
  • Integrated into the vehicle IT

Important standards and product characteristics

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The plus points

Black box system with computer functions

On-board voltage network

KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics ensures smooth operation on the vehicle electrical system by uniformly applying VG96916 and MIL-STD-1275. These standards guarantee that the computer system harmonises with the power supply system, does not negatively influence the system or take damage itself.

Thermal stability

The computer systems boast high thermal stability and do not require active cooling thanks to their fan-free design.

Monitoring electronics

Internal monitoring electronics monitor the internal temperature, electrical voltages and control the computer systems by automatically shutting them down if environmental conditions could damage the system.


The PC systems keep out water and dust, withstand salt fog, hold up to fluctuating pressures and the extended temperature range, and reliably process data under heavy shocks and vibrations.


An aluminium housing and special design ensure EMC compatibility. KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics applies various civil norms and standards as well as MIL-SPECS for this purpose.


A CMOS battery which can be replaced from the outside simplifies maintenance. This means that the device does not have to be sent in and is available more quickly for the next deployment.


The black box system can be adapted to meet the customer’s requests and requirements in every respect, from the interfaces and memory to customer-specific functionalities.


Data recording systems from KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics are based on COM Express technology. This enables the construction of a computer system reduced to its core functionalities, but bootable and compact.

  • Frame grabber
  • Processing
  • Peripherals

Frame grabber

The recording devices have an image capture circuit for processing the analogue video data that is connected to the basis board of the computer system via the Mini-PCIe.


The multi-core processor system of the recording devices enables parallel processing of different processes.


Extensive equipment with interfaces means there are different ways to read out the data logging systems.

Technical data




Interfaces Analogue video interface

Digital video interface


Serial interfaces


Ethernet connection


Serial bus


Audio interface


Bit-serial connection


PCI bus interface


MDA computer system from KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH
MDA computer system from KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics

Hardware variants

  • Black box with customer-specific design
  • Black box with customer-specific functions