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Rugged Keyboard ARK200

Rugged Keyboard ARK200

For applications where a fully featured rugged keyboard is required, ArgonFDS has the answer - the ARK200. This proven model incorporates features such as a trackball, glide pad pointing device, custom indicators and buttons, you name it. ArgonFDS can easily and quickly customize the unit for your application for connector types/location, I/O type, color, mounting, etc.

ArgonFDS has developed a variety of mounting designs, including 19" rack mount (including swivel hinges), top of console mount, embedded console mount and stowable.

The customer can select the required key language.

If backit keys are required, ArgonFDS can provide dimmable backlit keys, including NVIS compatible.

A version of the ARK200 model has completed qualification testing for a C-130 cockpit application, including NVIS backlit keys.

About The Product


The top assembly enclosure is made from bent aluminum and attached to a solid milled aluminum plate for a bottom that provides a solid base which is resistant to torsional forces. The unit can be mounted from helicoil inserts on the botton or sides. If rack mounting is required, AgronFDS can provide fixed or swivel mounts. ArgonFDS can also provide just about any other mounting method that may be required per application.

The ARK200 is completely enclosed and resistant to penetrating materials such as sand, dust and liquids.


  • Small Mechanical Outline
  • Low Weight
  • Rubber Sealed, Backlit Keys (NVIS option)
  • Selection of I/O, Incuding USB, RS-232/422or PS/2
  • USB, RS-232 or PS/2 Communications
  • Hinged or Fixed Mounting Options
  • Connection to Unit via Military/Commercial Connector or Pigtail
  • Pointing Device

Technical Specs

Keys Backlit and Dimmable
Communication Ports USB, RS232 or PS2
Input Voltage 18 to 36 VDC
Power Consumption 1W Typical
Typical Dimensions

18.5" x 7.31" x 1.84"

470mm x 186mm x 47mm


± 4.5 lbs / ± 2.1 kg

Keyboard Rubber over Buttons, Sealed, Select Language
Actuation Force 200 gr
Key Travel 0.055"
Enclosure Alumnium, Enclosed
Pointing Device Sealed Micro Joy Stick
Other Customizations and Adaptations Available on Request
Standards MIL-STD-461 and MIL-STD-810
Temperature -10°C to +55°C (-40°C Optional)
Vibration 2.25 grms Random
Shock 40g, 11 msec
Humidity Operating & Storage - 95% @ 25°C, Non-Condensing
Altitude Up to 40 kft Operating, Non-operating
Water Tightness IP65
Salt Fog Resistant to Salt Fog, Unit is 100% Enclosed
EMI Designed to MIL-STD-461
Other On Request

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