If you currently have a test system with PXI products manufactured by National Instruments, then you should buy spares today.
Defense procurement is a long-term process, particularly when looking at aircraft and avionics. Systems designed to fit the original airframe will be expected to be in service for many years, perhaps decades before they are upgraded. The same applies to the test systems that support this equipment.
Apex Waves’ main focus is obsolete and mature test equipment, especially items created by National Instruments. Obsolescence is an issue when equipment has long pre-service development times and this is very relevant when talking about avionics systems and military systems in particular.
Development and in-service time for avionics equipment normally run into decades with mature equipment still requiring test and maintenance facilities. But this same long in-service time means that test equipment initially built for pre-production testing and subsequent through life test and repair is also becoming obsolete. Particularly when bespoke designed test equipment has been used.
Apex Waves specializes in the supply of mature and obsolete data acquisition and control products, and the National Instruments PXI system is a great example of this. Using a modular approach, the PXI system allows you to build a customizable and reconfigurable system for your data acquisition and control needs.