Spectra Aerospace & Defense is a trusted and growing platform of C5ISR companies – CALCULEX, Galleon Embedded Computing, and ArgonFDS - bringing over a half-century of rugged, mission-ready, battle-tested experience to bear in aerospace and defense applications. From high-speed data acquisition, data recording and secure, high-density storage, to computing and rugged, clear display of mission data, Spectra delivers the products and subsystems needed for the most demanding military air, land, and sea platforms. With our comprehensive portfolio of rugged products, systems, and solutions, the Spectra family of companies’ customized end-to-end solutions for the C5ISR market help military end-users achieve mission success. Simply put, Spectra's rugged solutions Capture, Process, and Display your mission-critical data in the harshest environmental conditions. In the air, at sea, on land, and in space; We simplify integration.


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ARK200 Rugged Keyboard

Rugged Computer Peripherals When You Need Them

Main Features
▸ Fully Qualified
▸ Extremely Small Mechanical Outline
▸ Low Weight
▸ Rubber Sealed, Backlit Keys
▸ NVIS Option
▸ USB, RS-232 or PS/2 Communications
▸ Hinged Mounting Options

▸ Fixed & Rotary Wing Aircraft
▸ Naval & Maritime Vessels
▸ Military Ground Vehicles
▸ Transportation
▸ Oil & Gas
▸ Industrial & Manufacturing

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ArgonFDS has developed full-sized, lightweight, and compact family of keyboards for rugged military environments. Our keyboards are resistant to penetrating materials such as sand, dust and liquids. A variety of keyboards can be selected for different languages, backlighting schemes, key force and travel. The ARK200 is fully qualified to airborne (C-130) specifications, including NVIS backlit keys. The enclosure is made of bent, welded aluminum for the top assembly and a milled aluminum plate for a secure bottom plate that provides a solid base that is resistant to bending motions or can be bolted down. We can provide a version that has a hinged (with several locking positions) mounting provision for a 19” rack or a surface mounting version. The customer may select a variety of indicators or buttons depending on the application.

Moreover, ArgonFDS prides itself on working collaboratively with customers to precisely achieve their desired solution. Our company has a proven track record of providing high-quality, reliable, and long-lasting products, earning us a trusted reputation in aerospace & defense. A trackball or glide pad can be specified by the customer.


Unit Description
Dimensions15.8” x 9.0 ”x 2.1” Typical (Can be customized)
Weight~4.5 lbs
Power Consumption1W Typical
KeyboardRubber over Buttons, Sealed, Travel Keys, Select Language (Customizable)
InterfaceUSB, RS-232 or PS2
KeysBacklit and Dimmable, or NVIS as Option
Actuation Force200 Grams
Key Travel0.055 Inches
Key Lifetime10 Million Cycles
Pointing DeviceSealed Micro Joy Stick
OtherCustomizations And Adaptations Available On Request
Meets, but not limited to, the Following Specifications
Operating Temp-40°C to +55°C, 71°C for 30 minutes
Storage Temp-57°C to +85°C
Shock40g, 11msec
Vibration30 Min Sine On Random, MIL-810E, Method 514.4, Proc 1, Cat 4
EMI/EMCFull suite of MIL-STD-461E Performed
Altitude50k ft Operational
Salt Fog, Sand/DustMIL-STD-810F, Method 510.4, Proc I & II
Humidity100% Condensing, MIL-STD-810G, Method 507.5