Curtiss-Wright Wins $250M to Build Northrop Vehicle Computer; Martin Benante Comments

I curtiss wright logo_GovConWireDefense technology maker Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW) has won a potential $250 million contract to build a mission computer and a network switch for a BAE SystemsNorthrop Grumman team (NYSE: NOC) pursuing a U.S. Army ground vehicle program.

The BAE-Northrop team is one of two teams holding a technology development contract for the Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle Infantry Fighting Vehicle, intended to have a new hybrid electric drive propulsion system, Curtiss-Wright said Monday.

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Curtiss-Wright started shipping the computers and switch subsystems in the first quarter of 2012 and are scheduled to continue throughout the remainder of this year.

GCV production is scheduled to start in 2018, the company said.

“This is Curtiss-Wright’s first contract on the U.S. Army’s next generation hybrid electric drive powered ground vehicle, ” said Martin Benante, chairman and CEO.

The company says its computer contains four commercial off-the-shelf single board computers in a rugged chassis that cools in excess of 250 watts of heat without using fans, liquid cooling or a conditioned base plate.

Curtiss-Wright built its network switch to provide the Army a communications network between the computer and the vehicle’s other devices.

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