CurtissWright’s Defense Solutions division has secured a firm-fixed-price contract to support the US Navy’s AN/UPX-24(V) identification friend or foe (IFF) processor sets.

The new multi-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has an estimated value of $8.7m.

It has been awarded by the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.

The contract requires Curtiss-Wright to provide its single board computer (SBC) solution, called SVME-183 VMEbus, to support the Navy’s existing processing electronics at St. Inigoes in Maryland, US.

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Work under this contract, which commenced in November last year, is expected to complete by the end of next year.

The latest award also marks the third consecutive IDIQ contract awarded to Curtiss-Wright as part of the same modernisation programme.

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division senior vice-president and general manager Chris Wiltsey said: “We are proud of our ongoing support for the US Navy’s important AN/UPX-24(V) friend or foe identification processing system.

“This contract further strengthens the long and successful relationship we have with the US Navy and highlights our ability to enhance interoperability and improve cost efficiencies with electronics systems that adhere to the Department of Defense’s mandate for a modular open architecture approach.

“We have supplied our cost-effective open standards based single board computers in support of this programme since 2012, and our selection reflects the US Navy’s continued confidence in Curtiss-Wright as a trusted supplier.”

The company said that the use of this Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) based and commercial-off-the-shelf technology will deliver enhanced capabilities to the US Navy, while ensuring timely and more economical upgrades for the radar processing systems.

In 2021, the US Navy contracted Saab for the production and delivery of AN/SPN-50(V)1 shipboard air traffic radar.