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Austrian IFVs Boosted by New MRO Services

July 31, 2023
Curtiss-Wright was selected by General Dynamics to provide MRO services for the Austrian Army’s Ulan Infantry Fighting Vehicle fleet.

The Defense Solutions division of Curtiss-Wright Corp. has been selected by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services to the Austrian Army’s fleet of Ulan Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

According to the contract, valued at over $10 million, Curtiss-Wright will replace the original electronic components used in the ground vehicle’s turret drive stabilization system and overhaul the vehicle’s mechanical components. Curtiss-Wright is a leading supplier of components based on the Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for compatibility. The contract is scheduled to run through 2028.

Curtiss-Wright is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Ulan IFV turret drive servo system (TDSS) technology, almost 25 years ago (see image above). The TDSS allows system integrators to select the amount of aiming and stabilization required for an application, from manual operation to fully automated stabilization. The modular design of the TDSS speeds its integration into different vehicles and platforms.

The company can cost-effectively update and upgrade the components within the vehicles’ turret stabilization systems with a full understanding on how to balance enhanced performance with optimized cost savings. In addition to electronic components, Curtiss-Wright said it can overhaul mechanical components in the systems at far greater savings than an alternative supplier.

About the Author

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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