Curtiss-Wright to Support US Navy’s IFF Capabilities

The US Navy has awarded Curtiss-Wright an $8.7-million contract to support the service’s identification friend or foe (IFF) capabilities.

IFF technology is a recognition system that uses frequencies to “interrogate” and identify multi-domain vehicles. It was first developed to prevent friendly fire incidents during World War II.

As part of the agreement, the firm will deliver a single board computer (SBC) for the navy’s AN/UPX-24(V) IFF processor sets in St. Inigoes, Maryland.

The package includes Curtiss-Wright’s SVME-183 VMEbus SBC modular open systems approach (MOSA) processor card.

Work for the project commenced in November 2022 and is scheduled for completion by 2024.

Supporting US Navy’s Future Radar

According to Curtiss-Wright, integrating off-the-shelf MOSA solutions is an efficient and cost-effective approach to developing new naval radar capabilities.

“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 DoD’s mandate for a modular open architecture approach,” Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Senior Vice President Chris Wiltsey stated.

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

“We are also excited to participate in numerous additional projects with this customer that will enable us to support future upgrades to this processing subsystem with our VME and VPX MOSA solutions.”

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