Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) today announced the receipt of a contract from Northrop Grumman to provide open architecture mission computer and network switch subsystems for use in the U.S. Army's new Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The initial value of the contract is $2.5 million. The contract has a total potential value in excess of $250 million over the lifetime of the production phase of the program, which is expected to begin in 2018.
Under the terms of the contract, shipments began in the first quarter of 2012 and are scheduled to continue throughout the remainder of this year. The BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team is one of two industry teams working under technology development contracts for the GCV program.
"We are very excited to support the innovative Ground Combat Vehicle program with our rugged mission computer and networking technology," said Martin R. Benante, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "We are proud to partner with Northrop Grumman in support of BAE Systems on this important program. This is Curtiss-Wright's first contract on the U.S. Army's next generation hybrid electric drive powered ground vehicle and it provides a clear indication of the value of our industry-leading technology."
Curtiss-Wright's mission computer utilizes four commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) single board computers in a rugged chassis. The chassis is able to cool in excess of 250 watts of heat without the use of fans, liquid cooling, or conditioned base plate, making this an ideal thermal solution for ground vehicles. The Company's low-cost, rugged network switch provides a network for communications between the mission computer and other devices within the vehicle. Curtiss-Wright utilized its component packaging and thermal dissipation expertise to fully ruggedize its products for optimal performance.
The Curtiss-Wright facility located in Santa Clarita, Calif., is manufacturing the products covered by this agreement and shipping them to Northrop Grumman in Huntsville, Ala.
The BAE Systems—Northrop Grumman GCV Infantry Fighting Vehicle design modernizes the U.S. Army's ground combat vehicle fleet with a new hybrid electric drive propulsion system that enables force protection and mobility, while allowing for future growth in power requirements and new technologies. The vehicle employs customizable combinations of armor packages on a tough, space efficient steel core hull and features improved fuel efficiency, agility and acceleration due to the electric drive. The GCV accommodates up-to-date network capability via a proven open architecture Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and infrastructure system.
Source: Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW)
Date: Mar 25, 2013