Curtiss-Wright 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.
Products and Services
Helicopter Securing and Traversing
Having over forty years’ experience with equipment for shipboard aircraft operation, Curtiss-Wright's personnel are uniquely trained and experienced in designing and building system solutions for handling aircraft and UAVs on-board ships in the toughest possible environments.
Ship Aviation Support Systems
Curtiss-Wright provides a number of products to support aviation facilities on-board naval ships, these include; Horizon Reference Systems (HRS), deck tracks and tie-downs.
Underwater Sensor Handling
Curtiss-Wright designs and manufactures variable depth sonar handling systems, towed line array handling systems, towed bodies, sonar domes, Flexnose fairings and mine countermeasures for naval applications.
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