Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. today announced that it has received a contract from BAE Systems to design and develop a rugged embedded processor subsystem for use as the next generation Central Processing Unit (CPU) on the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. This contract results from the Engineering Change Proposal 2 (ECP 2) program for the Bradley, which BAE Systems was awarded in September, 2012. The initial contract is valued at approximately $3 million. Shipments under this initial contract are scheduled to commence in June, 2013 and continue through the first quarter of 2015. The estimated contract value over the lifetime of the program, which is expected to end in 2028, is $75 million.
Under the contract, the Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions group will supply its Turret Processor Unit III (TPU III) subsystem, comprising its Fire Control Processor III (FCP III) single board computer and COTS PMC-651 Ethernet Switch, as the baseline solution for the CPU. Additional general purpose and graphics processor cards will be analyzed to support the ECP 2 CPU upgrade program.
The TPU III subsystem will provide high density computing power to support processing for the Bradley’s fire control system (FCS) as well as additional potential functionality such as embedded training to meet the Bradley’s future operational requirements. The compact, lightweight single chassis solution features hybrid backplane technology that supports both VME and VPX open standards.
“We are very pleased that BAE Systems has chosen our COTS subsystem technology, featuring our open system architecture using industry standards for this important upgrade to the proven Bradley Fighting Vehicle,” said Tom Quinly, President of Curtiss-Wright Controls. “This agreement represents the continued growth of our successful relationship with BAE Systems and TACOM as a provider of advanced Vetronics processing technology.”
Source: Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW)
Date: Jun 5, 2013