Curtiss-Wright to Support US Air Force Flight Tests With Data Collection Platform

The US Air Force has awarded Curtiss-Wright a $287-million contract to deliver its High Speed Data Acquisition System.

The system uses radio frequency links to collect, process, and transmit data from planes to aircrews. The platform also analyzes and displays information for users.

The initial phase of the program is being funded with $123 million. Work will be conducted over five years, followed by an additional five-year option.

Once delivered, the capability will support flight trials and related programs at the Edwards Air Force Base Air Force Test Center.

‘Largest Award’

Alongside the High Speed Data Acquisition System, Curtiss-Wright will supply its High-Speed Data Acquisition, Network, Recording, Gateway, Radio Frequency, and Data Analysis Software (IADS) products.

Under the contract, the company will also provide upgrades, repair services, fielding, and technical support for associated equipment.

F-35A formation flight
F-35A Lightning II aircraft fly in formation over Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. Image: US Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw

The work will be led by the firm’s Defense Solutions segment and performed at its Teletronics facility in Pennsylvania and IADS site in California.

“This is the largest award received by our Aerospace Instrumentation team and is a strong example of our long-standing relationships and continued support of critical US flight test center objectives,” Curtiss-Wright Corporation CEO and Chairperson Lynn Bamford stated.

“Further, it reinforces our commitment to providing the most advanced and reliable integrated high speed flight test instrumentation systems in support of our warfighters and builds on our legacy as a leading supplier of data collection and flight test instrumentation solutions for use on various fighter jet, bomber, hypersonic vehicle, cargo, rotary wing, and missile programs.”

To date, Curtiss-Wright has supplied the US Air Force with similar technologies to support F-22 Raptor tactical jets, F-35 Lightning II multirole fighters, and B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft.

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