Rugged, Low-Cost, Field-Replaceable Gigabit Ethernet Switch Modules Selected by General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins for U.S. Army Program
Charlotte, N.C., – July 31, 2008 – Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mission critical systems for defense and aerospace applications, today announced it was chosen for the development and demonstration phase of the U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) Integrated Computer System (ICS) program.
Under terms of the contract with General Dynamics C4 Systems and Rockwell Collins, Inc., Curtiss-Wright will supply its Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module (GESM) to meet the performance and reliability needs of the FCS, a family of advanced, networked air- and ground-based military systems for use by the Army’s future forces.
“Curtiss-Wright Controls is proud to be selected by General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins to provide our advanced embedded computing products for the Future Combat Systems program,” said David Adams, President of Curtiss-Wright Controls. “The Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module represents the next generation of rugged, low-cost, field-replaceable technology that will enable FCS platforms to fulfill their ultimate mission of making our fighting forces more effective and
saving lives in combat.”
General Dynamics and Rockwell Collins provide the computer processing, networking, information assurance, and data storage resources necessary to support the network-centric operations of FCS.
The GESM contract will be fulfilled by the Curtiss-Wright Motion Control segment facility in Ottawa, Canada and shipped to Rockwell Collins. Curtiss-Wright will supply the General Dynamics/Rockwell team with a rugged VPX-based line replaceable module called the 683. VPX3-683 technology supports “in-the-field” servicing, enabling the replacement of individual cards rather than entire card-filled subsystems, thus reducing cost, complexity and logistics. The companys GESM design utilizes commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, which eliminates custom design and support costs and provides cost-effective, readily available,technically current and future-tolerant core functionality for the FCS system.
The award also includes a services contract to be provided by Curtiss-Wright with a production phase option planned to start in 2010.
About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit www.cwcontrols.com.
Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a diversified company headquartered in Roseland, N.J. The company designs, manufactures and overhauls products for motion control and flow control applications, and provides metal treatment services. The firm employs approximately 7,500 people worldwide. More information on Curtiss-Wright can be found on the Internet at www.curtisswright.com.
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