Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division will introduce an innovative, upgradeable, turret aiming and stabilisation drive system designed to deliver scalable functionality and power adaptability to ground vehicle designers and turret manufacturers, at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition, DSEI 2015 (Stand S9-231).

The Turret Drive Servo System (TDSS) is designed and manufactured by Defense Solutions’ Drive Technology business unit in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. TDSS enables system integrators to select the exact aiming and stabilisation solution that their platform requires from a manually operated drive all the way up to a highly sophisticated, stabilised drive system, while streamlining enhancements and / or system modification for use on a different platform.

The TDSS approach is significantly more cost-effective and flexible than traditional bespoke aiming and stabilisation system alternatives. TDSS is designed to make it easy for system integrators to configure only the system that they require now, while adding increasing levels of stabilisation as their mission evolves.

TDSS system components can be easily adapted for use on different ground vehicle turrets to meet dynamic programme requirements, including performance and precision.

"The new TDSS delivers unmatched target location accuracy and turret stabilisation, while providing system integrators with an unprecedented level of freedom to define and deploy the exact solution they require, when they require it, with the ability to upgrade and add stabilisation functionality as system requirements change," said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division.

"What’s more, because TDSS uses standard system configurations, it speeds system development and enables programmes to reach demonstration and production phases more rapidly. The use of preconfigured TDSS system components also reduces the time and costs associated with the requirements definition process."