Rugged compute where mission meets critical.

New Product:
Kite-Strike II Edge AI Mission Computer

The world's first MIL-SPEC rugged NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin mission computer. Small form factor SWaP-optimized embedded profile. Edge AI and sensor ingest. MOSA standards-based design.

Systel's hard-working employees at the Sugar Land office.


Robust and proven in-house engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, program management, test and technical support capabilities.

Featured Application:
AI & Autonomous

Enabling AI/ML and autonomous/uncrewed mission-critical applications with purpose-built rugged computing solutions.

A Message from the CEO, Vimal Kothari

Systel’s rebrand in 2022, including our new website, reflects our passionate focus and relentless commitment to enable our customers’ mission success.

The essence of our company is defined in our core values and I believe our brand tells the story of how a dedicated and determined company can consistently achieve breakthrough results by focusing on the essentials – Fanatical Customer Service, Absolute Ownership, Passion for Improvement, and Uncompromising Integrity.

At our core, we are a company of problem-solvers. We are continuously innovating and seeking the best possible solution to meet our customers’ mission needs. We strive to be your partner, whatever the mission and wherever it goes.

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Explore Our Products and Solutions

  • Embedded Computers
  • Rackmount Servers
  • Custom Solutions

Proudly Made in the USA

All of our products are manufactured in our headquarters in Sugar Land, TX. We are proud to support our customers’ missions with American-made solutions.

About Systel

With a solution-first approach to engineering, a delivery system built to work at the speed of need, and partnership in the extreme, Systel enables mission success with purpose-built rugged computing solutions.

The Systel Advantage

Here’s what you can expect when you partner with us.

Proven Record of Success

30+ years of experience providing complex and advanced computer technologies to defense and commercial sectors worldwide. Thousands of systems deployed on enduring and emerging vehicles and platforms.

Deep Engineering and Technical Expertise

Our engineering and technical teams bring decades of experience to bear on every design along with continual focus on next-gen technologies and roadmaps so we stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing environment.

Complete Program Management

We routinely support multi-year and multi-decade programs, actively managing configurations and obsolescence to ensure zero downtime and forward-looking upgrade paths. We provide end-to-end supply chain of custody with proactive and vetted supply chain management.

In-House Environmental Testing

We offer comprehensive built-to certifications and MIL-STD testing including in-house temperature and shock and vibration capabilities.

Agile Small Business

We are a small business. We’re designed flat in organization and fast in performance, which means rapid responses and no red tape. We understand agility isn’t an attribute, it’s a capability.

World-Class Quality Systems

We are AS9100D and ISO 9001 certified with a company-wide laser focus on quality and passion for improvement.

Robust Product Portfolio

Deep catalog of COTS mission-ready computing systems. Rich mix of actively managed standard products and base platforms and MCOTS and custom ground-up solutions.

Passionate Customer Support

Our mission is your mission and our support is unwavering. We are passionate about supporting our products for the lifetime of your programs. We’re always just a phone call or email away. Let us know how we can help!

The computer is the most difficult part of the whole vehicle and the Systel machine has come through again and again.
Engineering Program Manager
Major Global Defense Contractor - Unmanned Ground Vehicles Program
We found Systel’s emphasis on military style ruggedness with proven capabilities along with previous certifications and robust life-cycle management to be very compelling. We were also very impressed by Systel's ability to act quickly to our RFP request with a comprehensive proposal.
Procurement Manager
Fortune 500 Advanced Technology and Research Defense Contractor - U.S. Marine Corps Program
Thanks for the great cooperation, it was a tight schedule but Systel really pulled through for us. We are looking forward to testing and deploying your computer on our UAV projects.
Project Lead
EU Defense Contractor - Autonomous Vehicle Program
We design and deliver equipment solutions for the global Oil & Gas industry. with deployed solutions in extreme environments around the globe. We chose Systel as our preferred partner for servers because of their high quality, environmental specifications, rigorous testing, well thought-out design and excellent customer support. In our experience Systel systems have excellent performance and stability. Systel has contributed to our success in all the customer projects where we have deployed their servers. We are very satisfied with the value that is delivered by Systel and look forward to partnering with Systel on future projects.
Principal Architect
Oil and Gas Equipment Manufacturer
We needed a vendor that could meet our rugged specs especially in terms of shock and vibration and we found that vendor in Systel. They have the shock and high velocity equipment that we need. To ensure the quality of Systel’s products before purchasing, we environmental tested (MIL-STD-810) Systel’s 4U rack mount computers in their transit case and the computers passed with flying colors. Today, we buy a variety of products from Systel including 4U rack mount computers (IPC44410) and 19" displays (FPD7192). Systel was our first choice in 2005, and we have been buying from them ever since.
Senior Test Engineer
Fortune 100 Defense Contractor

The Latest News and Insights from Systel

MIL-STD-461G: The DoD Electromagnetic Compatibility Standard

Military-grade rugged computers operate in some of the most demanding environments, where resilience to severe conditions and operational reliability are paramount. A cornerstone of these specifications is the device's electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) - its capacity to operate effectively without generating, or being affected by, electromagnetic interference (EMI). Specific EMC requirements and verification methods are defined in Department of Defense (DoD) Interface Standard MIL-STD-461G.

5 Considerations When Buying a Rugged Computer

When it comes to working in demanding environments, professionals in defense and commercial industries require robust and reliable computing solutions. Enter rugged computers, purpose-built to withstand extreme conditions and deliver uninterrupted performance. Whether you find yourself navigating challenging terrains or working in demanding environments, we’ve curated a list of 5 considerations that will guide you towards making an informed decision.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Explained

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are two terms that often go hand in hand, sparking both curiosity and confusion among the tech industry. While both are essential components of the modern tech landscape, it’s crucial to understand their fundamental differences. Let’s dive into the contrast between AI and ML and better understand how they contribute to shaping our world.

MIL-SPEC Rugged vs. Commercial Rugged Computer Hardware: What’s the Best Fit for Your Application?

From extreme weather conditions to high-pressure environments, numerous industries demand computing solutions that can withstand even the harshest situations. Enter rugged computer hardware. But did you know that not all rugged devices are created equal? The two major categories that dominate the market are MIL-SPEC rugged and commercial rugged devices. So, what sets them apart, and which one is right for your needs? Let's dive in.

What is AS9100?

We have been ISO9001 certified for many years, demonstrating our commitment to quality management, however, starting in 2021 we took it a step further by achieving certification to the more rigorous AS9100 aerospace quality standard.

US Army MOSA Effort
A guide to the DoD’s Modular Open Systems Approach

The US Department of Defense has been pursuing an open systems approach for its technology acquisitions for several years now; successful implementation has major benefits for the warfighter and the taxpayer including reduced costs, accelerated development cycles, increased interoperability, and rapidly addressing emerging threats on the battlefield. In this blog post, we look at the DoD’s open systems initiatives under the MOSA umbrella and how technology suppliers such as Systel are ensuring compliance.

Nathan Kyle Promoted to Director of Design Engineering

Systel announced today that Nathan Kyle has been promoted to Director of Design Engineering. In his new role, Nathan will expand and leverage his ruggedized compute system design and leadership experience to drive new product development efforts to significantly enhance Systel’s key engineering performance indicators: Design for Quality, Design for Cost, and Design for Manufacturing while ensuring consistent on-time delivery to our customers. Nathan will be tasked with leading, optimizing, and choreographing all new product design efforts.

Brian Russell Promoted to Vice-President of Product

Systel announced today that Brian Russell has been promoted to Vice-President of Product. In his new role, Brian will lead and oversee Systel's Product team, driving the company's product vision and strategy, with a mandate to bring breakthrough innovation products to market and actively manage its embedded and rackmount product lines. Brian will also join Systel's Executive Leadership Team.

Computers used in the operation and maintenance of UAVs.
Product Testing: Proving Our Rugged Credentials

When investing in ruggedized computers for mission-critical applications, it’s important to know that they can withstand the extreme conditions they’ll face in the field. So how do companies such as Systel test their ruggedized embedded computers and rackmount solutions to ensure that, no matter what, they will perform when they’re needed the most?

Systel Quality Management

Implementing and adhering to a robust quality management system is an essential element of acquiring satisfied customers and maintaining a successful business - but that is not the end of it. A constant process of improving and refining the system itself, and of the company’s products and services, is essential to maintain top quality across the product line and a reliable, on-time delivery flow.

Aneesh Kothari speaks to the press about rugged embedded computing.
Embedded Systems – High Performance in Small Form Factors

Embedded computers are a combination of hardware and software that are designed to perform specific tasks, and as the name suggests they form part of – or are “embedded” into – wider mechanical or electrical systems.

Exploring the Possibilities of ChatGPT in Rugged Military AI Applications

ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot built on the GPT-3 large natural language model, has taken the world by storm since OpenAI launched it in November 2022. The underlying natural language model and technology powering ChatGPT has immense potential to revolutionize AI on the battlefield.

Rugged computers take on the shock and the heat

Designers of rugged embedded computing systems, laptop computers, and tablet computers balance the need to operate in harsh conditions, as well as meet growing requirements for open-systems standards.

Media Coverage
Systel’s 2022 Core Values Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2022 Core Values winners, recognized by their peers throughout the year and selected by our Leadership team for consistently embodying our core values and putting them into action in support of our customers' missions.

Group picture of Systel employees at the Sugar Land office.
Systel Certified by the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council

Systel is proud to be certified by the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council.  We believe Systel's diversity contributes to our strength.  This belief is reflected in our immigrant founder and minority-rich executives, leadership, and staff.


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