The Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York is purchasing a rugged COTS High Performance Computer (HPC) system from SKYComputers of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. A unique attribute of this ruggedized HPC is its availability to DoD RDT&E organizations and their contractors to accelerate the transition of new HPC applications to field use. Some potential uses include: advanced signal and image processing research in sensor and information fusion, synthetic aperture radar, space-time adaptive processing, automatic target recognition, wavelet-based compression, and hyper-spectral imaging. This system is the fastest embeddable computer in the U.S. Air Force. It was funded through the DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), representing the first purchase of a rugged HPC system by the program.