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Within the defense market, Curtiss-Wright has a long-standing history of providing the most advanced technology available to naval, aerospace and ground defense programs. Our products manage the flow of liquids on nuclear-powered submarines, control the lift, flight and landing of aircraft and stabilize the weapons system on armored tanks. Our metal treatment services enhance the performance of critical jet engine and aircraft structural components.
Curtiss-Wright’s primary advantage in the defense market is our portfolio of highly engineered, critical performance technologies
that provide outstanding performance. This translates into high customer confidence in our ability to provide solutions that meet our customers' unique requirements and adhere to the most rigorous performance testing available. As a result, we have established customer relationships
that have achieved generations of successful programs.
For over 50 years, Curtiss-Wright has supplied sophisticated products and services to the U.S. Navy with emphasis on nuclear propulsion systems. Our innovative, high-performance products can be found aboard every nuclear submarine and aircraft carrier commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
We are the preferred supplier of valves, pumps and controls used in the ship’s nuclear reactor. Since 2000, we have expanded our non-nuclear content with product innovations for various ship classes, including smart, leakless valves used in jet fuel pumping stations (JP-5 valves), advanced arresting gear (AAG) for tailhook-equiped
aircraft and state-of-the art electric propulsion motor designs.
On worldwide naval fleets, our Recovery, Assist, Secure and Traverse (RAST) and Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse (ASIST) Systems provide the advanced technology that enables the safe launch, recovery and maneuvering of ship-borne helicopters, especially in adverse weather up to sea state 5.
We provide customized cable handling systems for variable depth sonar
deployment, towed line array handling systems for surface and submarine application, torpedo decoy handling systems and lightweight dipping sonar winches.
We have supplied more than 200 telescopic hangars and 400 hangar doors to navies and coast guards around the world.
We can design the patented telescopic hangars for a low radar cross
section. Our high-strength, lightweight hangar doors can withstand
severe conditions of wind loads, ship motion, shock loads and pressures.
For over 77 years, Curtiss-Wright has provided mission-critical components and subsystem on key programs for the U.S. Air Force. Today we supply systems for nearly every fighter aircraft program in the sky, as well as the latest advances in integrated electronics and embedded computing for unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the Global Hawk. Key programs include:
- F-35 Lightning II Program
(also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) - The Department of Defense's focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines and our allies. The advanced design airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth and firepower will ensure that the F-35 is the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used by so many warfighters across the globe. Curtiss-Wright provides actuation equipment for the Ordnance Hoist System (OHS) and Ordnance Quick Latch System (OQLS), as well as embedded computing and sensor electronics.
- The U.S. Air Force’s Global Hawk -
The high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to provide military field commanders with high-resolution photographs of large geographic areas. The Global Hawk’s flight control, sensors, mission operations and navigation are managed by two Curtiss-Wright Integrated Main Mission Management Computers that act essentially as the brain of the aircraft. The speed, reliability and accuracy of the computers allow the Global Hawk to fly for over 30 hours at altitudes greater than 50,000 feet and land on the centerline of its destination runway, all without human intervention. The advanced technological capabilities of the Global Hawk system will significantly enhance the U.S. military’s ability to succeed in all types of operations, from sensitive peace keeping to full-scale combat.
- On military helicopters, we provide embedded
computing technology insertions, such as the advanced Radar Warning
Receiver Systems and Air Data Computers, which are enabling fleet-wide
electronic warfare today.
For armored vehicles, we provide sophisticated electronic upgrades as well
as aiming, stabilization and suspension systems to current programs,
such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Abrams Tank, the Stryker
Mobile Gun System and the PIZARRO Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle used
by the Spanish Army.
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