GDMS was looking for a Form, Fit, Function replacement for SSBN console applications. The ARD21, 21.3” unit, originally designed and tested for the E-3 program was a top contender and was selected in 2015. Not only had Argon delivered over 500 ARD21 models by then, but Argon also performed Mil-S-901D testing on our on accord in anticipation of interest for naval applications. This provided GDMS full confidence that the ARD21 would pass their suite of qualification testing, which the unit did. An onsite audit at Argon by both the US Navy and GDMS proved that Argon could produce the unit and meet all of the strict configuration control and other requirements needed for the application.
Argon has since been awarded additional equipment models for the SSBN program.