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Curtiss-Wright Contracted for Testing at Edwards AFB

Feb. 9, 2023
As part of an IDIQ contract lasting as long as 10 years, Curtiss-Wright will aid USAF fighter and bomber flight testing at Edwards AFB with test systems and services.

The U.S. Air Force and its Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) have signed Curtiss-Wright Corp. to a multiyear contact worth as much as $287 million for hardware, software, and services in support of testing programs at the Air Force Test Center (AFTC). The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract consists of a base period of five years at $123 million followed by a five-year option period. It's a continuation of a recently completed IDIQ five-year contract that was valued at $91 million.

As part of the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide high-speed data-acquisition system (HSDAS) technology in the form of flight test instrumentation (FTI). It will collect, collate, process, record, and transmit flight test data for key USAF systems, such as the F-22, F-35, and B-52 aircraft (see image above).

Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corp., said, “We are pleased to have been selected by Edwards Air Force Base to provide our aerospace instrumentation technology for use on the Air Force Test Center’s flight test programs.” She added, “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 U.S. flight test center objectives.”

Work on the contract will be performed by Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division at facilities in Newtown, Pa., and Palmdale, Calif.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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