Curtiss-Wright Corporation, an aerospace and defence technology solutions business, has clinched a contract worth $34m from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC).

The five-year firm-fixed-price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity agreement will see Curtiss-Wright supply advanced Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) based airborne data recorder technology, reinforcing the data storage infrastructure of both US and Australian manned and unmanned maritime aircraft.

Curtiss-Wright’s Keyed Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Airborne Recorder (K-BAR) Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions are at the core of this contract. These solutions encompass components, including chassis, docking stations, removable storage modules, and lab cable sets.

Such technology ensures that data collected during missions is securely stored and readily accessible, contributing to the overall effectiveness and safety of naval operations.

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Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, expressed her delight at the company’s selection for this undertaking. She stated, “We are pleased to have been selected by the Naval Surface Warfare Center to provide our rugged airborne network attached storage technology and support services for Naval manned and unmanned aircraft programs. This award reflects our commitment to provide the most advanced and reliable open architecture data storage systems in support of our warfighters.”

The company will supply the NSWC with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) open architecture K-BAR NAS equipment tailored to support MQ-4C Triton and future PMA-290 aircraft. This contract encompasses equipment provision and includes training and engineering services support to ensure the integration and operation of the K-BAR equipment.

Australia has recently acquired its fourth MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system (UAS). The Triton UAS provides command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and maritime strike capabilities.

This achievement falls under Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division within the Defense Electronics segment. The company is committed to advancing technology to support national defence efforts.

In August this year, Curtiss-Wright also secured contracts from the US to bolster their naval nuclear technologies. The contracts exceeded $250m to supply essential components and systems such as propulsion valves, pumps, control systems, and advanced instrumentation for the US Navy programmes.

US-based Curtiss-Wright reported sales of $2.6bn for the entire year of 2022. The company recorded a 15% increase in new orders to $2.9bn and a 19% rise in backlog.