Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
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Curtiss-Wright Provides Open-Systems Upgrades

March 17, 2023
MOSA-based modules such as single-board computers and graphics display modules ease interconnectivity and upgrades in complex military systems.

Contracted by a leading military and systems integrator, Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division will provide switching, signal-processing, and graphics solutions as part of a military aircraft upgrade. The initial contract, valued at $2.6 million, has an estimated lifetime value of approximately $14.5 million. Curtiss-Wright Corp. is a leading supplier of subsystems based on the modular open systems approach (MOSA) in support of compatibility between parts from different vendors and the use of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware in military platforms.

As part of the initial contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide its model V3-1708 single-board computer (SBC) and model V3-717 graphics display module, both COTS units built in a rugged 3U OpenVPX form factor and both exceeding the requirements of the MIL-HDBK-516C Airworthiness Certification Criteria. The company will also provide its model VPX3-663 Ethernet switch module, also in a 3U OpenVPX format.

Chris Wiltsey, senior vice-president and general manager for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, said: “We are proud to have been selected to provide our MOSA-based safety certifiable processing and graphics technology for use on this military aircraft upgrade program.” He added: “With the changing operational needs for both new and upgraded platforms and systems, the combination of COTS and safety certifiable solutions for airborne platforms offered by Curtiss-Wright accelerates the time to market for new capabilities, while increasing affordability.” MOSA-based hardware eases interconnectivity within complex military and aerospace systems and the modular format simplifies future upgrades.

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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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