INDAL Naval Handling Systems

Curtiss-Wright's INDAL facility combines a high level of engineering and manufacturing capability with expertise in the management of large and complex defence programmes to produce specific solutions for the world's navies.

Innovative handling solutions for the naval industry

With more than 50 years of experience, the company leads in the design and development of shipborne helicopter handling systems, undersea sensor handling systems and specialised on-deck structures.

Customers benefit from unique value in:

  • Enhanced safety for both personnel and equipment
  • Superior performance at a competitive price
  • Reliable, long-term support and services

All INDAL products are engineered to each customer's specifications and standards, and are backed by a comprehensive training, documentation and field support network. Extensive use of CAD, computer simulation, modelling and manufacturing resource planning aids in developing and producing high-quality, custom products efficiently and economically.

Aircraft handling systems

INDAL brings unmatched experience and expertise to ship / helicopter integration and the design and fielding of integrated shipboard helicopter handling systems.

INDAL systems and solutions are capable of supporting all critical phases of the shipboard helicopter handling evolution, including initial helicopter recovery support, on-deck securing, manoeuvring and traversing operations. They are the preferred choice for today's sophisticated navies.

Curtiss-Wright's innovative engineers, using stringent manufacturing and test practices, deliver systems that meet the most demanding requirements and provide superior value to customers.

To support main helicopter handling system products, Curtiss-Wright has developed sophisticated computer simulations to evaluate the on-deck performance of manned maritime helicopters and unmanned rotary UAVs for various ship platforms.

The integrated recovery assist, securing and traversing (RAST) and aircraft ship integrated securing and traversing (ASIST) helicopter handling systems are established as the systems of choice with many international navies. These fully integrated systems are unique in that they not only enable helicopter pilots to safely land and take-off from the decks of relatively small ships in severe weather conditions and at night, but also to securely traverse the helicopter into and out of the hangar.

Twin claw aircraft ship integrated securing and traversing (TC-ASIST) and manual aircraft securing and traversing (MAST), a newly developed system, provides many similar features to RAST and ASIST but secures the helicopter in a different fashion.

Aviation support equipment

INDAL provides a numbers of products to support aviation facilities onboard naval ships, these include horizon reference systems (HRS), deck tracks, and tie-downs.

HRS is used onboard all RAST and ASIST equipped ships, providing an invaluable aid to landing safety.

INDAL has broad experience in overcoming the challenges of operating helicopters and UAVs from small ships and provides design service and support to international navies.

The company's services range from engineering feasibility studies to providing complete turnkey ship aviation.

Underwater sensor handling systems

INDAL specialises in customised undersea sensor handling systems designed to operate safely in high sea states and at high speeds, meeting the specialised requirements for surface ship, submarine helicopter, and unmanned vehicle host platform applications.

The INDAL product line is recognised as offering innovative, lightweight and automated solutions to meet the complex naval mission demands of undersea sensor handling and towing systems for anti-submarine warfare, mine and torpedo countermeasures and
USV / AUV operations.

Each system is customised to meet the diverse weight, space and operational challenges presented by individual vessel configurations.

About Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, a division of Curtiss-Wright, is an industry-leading supplier of sophisticated electronic and electro-mechanical products. The company is recognised around the world as one of the most innovative designers and manufacturers of highly engineered systems built to perform reliably in harsh conditions.

It continues to lead the way in developing and marketing advanced solutions that address the rapidly evolving requirements of naval, aerospace and ground defence customers.

With design and manufacturing facilities located across North America and Europe, and sales and support teams located worldwide, Curtiss-Wright is uniquely positioned to satisfy the most demanding electronics and systems challenges.

Contact Details

Indal Technologies
3570 Hawkestone Road
L5C 2V8
+1 905 275 5300
+1 902 273 7004

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Curtiss Wright - Naval-Handling Systems Brochure 25 July 2017 Curtiss-Wright's INDAL facility combines a high level of engineering and manufacturing capability with expertise in the management of large and complex defense programmes to produce specific solutions for the world's navies.


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