Curtiss-Wright Awarded $34M Contract for Advanced Airborne Data Recorder Technology

Curtiss-Wright was awarded a five-year, $34 million firm-fixed-price IDIQ contract by the Naval Surface Warfare Center to provide Modular Open Systems Approach-based airborne data recorder technology. (Photo: Curtiss-Wright)

Curtiss-Wright has secured a five-year, $34 million firm-fixed-price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC). The contract encompasses providing Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) based airborne data recorder technology. This technology is earmarked for deployment on both U.S. and Australian manned and unmanned maritime aircraft.

A highlight of this agreement is the provision of Keyed Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Airborne Recorder (K-BAR) Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions. This will include a comprehensive range of equipment such as chassis, docking stations, removable storage modules, and lab cable sets. Drawing from its stature as a premier supplier of MOSA-based encrypted, solid-state network-attached storage subsystems, Curtiss-Wright’s commitment is clear: to deliver top-tier, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) open architecture K-BAR NAS equipment. Such equipment will bolster the capabilities of the MQ-4C Triton aircraft and the forthcoming PMA-290 aircraft models.

This sole source contract signifies a deeper collaborative thrust. It promises to extend training and dedicated engineering services in support of the K-BAR equipment. This endeavor will be undertaken by the Defense Solutions division of Curtiss-Wright, which operates under its Defense Electronics segment.

Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation, remarked, “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.”

Rooted in a lineage tracing back to aviation pioneers Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright is a center of innovation in the aerospace and defense sector. Today, with a workforce of approximately 8,400 highly skilled professionals, the corporation continues to offer engineered solutions that address the needs of not only the aviation industry but also commercial power, process, and industrial sectors.

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