Curtiss-Wright is to further support the Canadian Joint Support Ship (JSS) programme after receiving an option award to its existing Seaspan Shipyards contract.

Under the contract, the EMS division of Curtiss-Wright manufactures its Aircraft Ship Integrated Securing & Traversing (ASIST) System, as well as related track components and spares.

The multi-million dollar option award covers the supply of equipment for the first ship.

Curtiss-Wright EMS division senior vice-president and general manager Greg Hempfling said: “We are very pleased to continue our support of the Royal Canadian Navy JSS programme.

“Supply of the ASIST system to this programme continues Canada’s selection of Indal’s aircraft handing systems for its naval ships, and demonstrates our engineering expertise in providing advanced performance, reliable equipment designs and increased operational efficiency to the naval defence industry.”

Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Indal is a business unit of the EMS division of Curtiss-Wright. It will perform the work for this contract, with delivery scheduled for late 2021.

ASIST is a helicopter handling system that fully integrates all of the required functions to safely operate and stow large ship-borne helicopters.

In addition to enabling safe launch and recovery, ASIST facilitates the securing and manoeuvring of helicopters, particularly in adverse weather and sea conditions up to sea state six.

Curtiss-Wright has delivered more than 200 of its integrated Aircraft Handling Systems to navies around the world.