Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Scalable and Modular Technology for Critical Ground Capabilities
In ground, air and naval defence applications, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, is an industry leader providing highly rugged and reliable critical systems and components.
With design and manufacturing facilities located across North America and Europe, and sales and support teams located around the globe, it is uniquely positioned to satisfy the most demanding electronics and systems challenges.
Rugged, secure data recording and storage systems
Rugged, secure data storage systems from Curtiss-Wright provide guaranteed solutions for the retrieval, archiving and processing of digital video and intelligence in real time, along with mission data to support ground force operations.
The network attached storage systems are compact, transportable and eligible for applications requiring critical data sharing within adverse ground mobile environments. These storage systems are ruggedised for severe shock and vibration within combat vehicle applications, such as extreme temperatures between -40° to 71°C. The systems supply affordable, high-capacity, high-performance network, MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461 qualified attached storage.
Electronic Warfare (EW) consists of spoofing or jamming an adversary’s electronic communications or electronic sensing, commonly by detecting communications at specific frequency then jamming it, or detecting an incoming radar signal and giving a simulated return signal response to indicate a false location.
The main requirement for designers’ building this system is high-performance, embedded computing, which is able to detect, identify and respond to signals within the short time intervals that characterise the electronic battlefield.
Curtiss-Wright offers solutions for EW such as innovative Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Analog-to-Digital converters (ADCs), and Digital-to-Analog converters (DACs). They also supply large banks of Digital RF Memory (DRFM) for radar spoofing and other Electronic Countermeasures (ECM).
Fire control for military weapon use
The fire control computer is at the forefront of many military weapons, and gathers data from a range of sources including radar, various sensors, inertial systems and occasionally human input.
Curtiss-Wright deliver fire control processors for a variety of ground vehicles, and for minimal latency, the entire specific Interoperability (I/O) necessary for a specific vehicles sensor suite and vehicle information bus are directly integrated to the processor.
Image and data display processing for rugged military vehicles
The products supplying image processing are as diverse as the required applications, from differing Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology for image acquisition or image processing, high-performance Intel processors to general purpose graphics processors (GPGPs).
Image processors can require considerable processing power that has proven challenging to deploy within rugged military vehicle environments.
There is a continual need to display data to our military vehicle drivers in an efficient way, and as the display resolution increases, so does the ability to display even more data on a clear single screen. This could include vehicle, targeting and guidance information or external camera imaging.
We continually supply high-quality solutions for display processing needs within the industry, such as the latest processor technology features, a vast I/O capability range and graphics outputs to drive up to four high-definition displays in a single card.
Rugged computer systems for vehicle management
Curtiss-Wright extends its COTS technology processors and interfaces portfolio to supply rugged computer systems that support vehicle management functions. We are a developer and deployer of surveillance, heath, payload and mission management, as well as networking and data encryption solutions for ground platforms.
Our vehicle management systems are Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solutions delivered within several weeks, or specific customer-developed customised solutions.
Curtiss-Wright continually invests in developing new and upgraded solutions that simplify vehicle management, for example, the DBH-672 Digital Beachhead GbE Switch and Vehicle Processor.
Turret control for armoured land vehicle use
Deployed troops rely on their armament’s precision and reliability for self-protection. Modern-day turrets are usually mounted on an armoured land vehicle, which proves most useful when traversing adverse, rugged terrain. Accurately locating a target and stabilising the shot whilst moving out of the line of site potentially makes all the difference.
The Turret Drive Servo System (TDSS) has been developed from more than 60 years worth of industry experience and is based on a modular equipment system approach. It fits with a variety of applications including weapon stations and main battle tanks, with up to 20t turrets.
Typically, a TDSS is made up of integrated software, hand controllers, single and dual axis gyroscopes, a motor controller and linear and rotary drives. Depending on the turret’s size and weight, the system can be scaled up or paired down in order to match the performance and precision requirements.
Networking solutions and mission processing for ground vehicle platforms
Reliable IP networking solutions, such as rugged network routers and Ethernet switches are essential for mobile networks on-board ground vehicle platforms in order to connect tactical sensors and mission systems at the network edge.
Curtiss-Wright’s rugged Ethernet subsystems and card solutions enable manned and unmanned systems to deploy digital network architectures securely and in a cost-effective manner. These have become fundamental for the delivery of secure data, video and voice services to mobile networks within challenging environments.
Our networking solutions are optimised for the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) civil and military platform constraints, as well as used across a range of platforms for connecting on-board devices in highly secure, manageable IP networks.
Ground vehicles continually have growing payload options to allow for changeable mission requirements, including cameras, communications and weapons.
Curtiss-Wright’s mission management computers provide interface to an array of functions through expandable and modular components, enabling the systems to be easily modified.
Mission management computers offer an interface opportunity for legacy data buses including state-of-the-art processing, networking capability, graphics input and output and 1553.
Products and Services
Data Recording and Storage
Curtiss-Wright rugged, secure data storage systems offer a proven solution for retrieving, archiving and processing mission data, digital video and intelligence in real time to support ground force operations.
Electronic Warfare (EW) involves jamming or spoofing an adversary's electronic sensing or electronic communications.
The fire control computer sits at the core of many of our military's weapons. This computer takes in data from numerous sources such as radar, inertial systems, various sensors and sometimes human input.
Image and Display Processing
Image processing is a technology containing a wide range of applications, which could be target tracking by object recognition from a high-definition camera on a surveillance vehicle.
As technology advances, ground vehicles have constantly growing payload options to accommodate ever changing mission needs, including cameras, communications or weapons.
Mobile networks on-board ground vehicle platforms require reliable IP networking solutions, including rugged network routers and Ethernet switches, to connect tactical mission systems and sensors at the network edge.
The self-protection of deployed troops depends on the precision and reliability of their armament. Weapons accuracy and reliability are crucial factors for combat success.
Curtiss-Wright leverages its portfolio of COTS technology processors and interfaces to provide rugged computer systems that support vehicle management functions.
Switch and Router Subsystems Onboard Amphibious Assault Vehicle
The US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) required an IP network backbone upgrade for the AAVC-7A1, the command variant of the US Marine Corps (USMC) amphibious assault vehicle.
Five Ways to Simplify Turret Aiming and Stabilisation
Get the highest degree of motion control and stability available on the market for battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and remote weapon stations from the drive technology division of Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.
Reducing Risk and Accelerating Time to Market with Turret Aiming and Stabilisation
Tanks and infantry fighting vehicles are often moving across very rough terrain at high speeds while engaging an enemy.
Small Form Factor (SFF) Mission System Modularity Enables Choice of Distributed or Consolidated Architectures
System architects for defence and aerospace platforms are tasked to not only fit all required mission electronics payloads onboard their size, weight and power (SWaP) constrained platforms, but also meet reliability, scalability, performance, cost, and schedule constraints.
Stryker Armoured Combat Vehicle Family
ASCOD (Pizarro / Ulan) Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Curtiss-Wright’s EMS Division has announced that it has received an option award to its existing Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) contract for the manufacture of its Aircraft Ship Integrated Securing & Traversing (ASIST) System, and related track components and spares, to support the Canadian Joint Support Ship (JSS) programme.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s EMS Division today announced that it has received an option award to its existing Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) contract for the manufacture of its Aircraft Ship Integrated Securing & Traversing (ASIST) System, and related Track components and Spares, to support the Canadian Joint Support Ship (JSS) program. The multi-million dollar option award covers the supply of equipment for the first ship.Read more
Curtiss-Wright, a trusted leading supplier of rugged systems for aerospace and defense applications, today announced that it will showcase its latest vetronics, avionics, and naval platform products at the CANSEC 2019 conference at the EY Centre in Ottawa, Ontario from 29-30 May 2019 at booth 1903.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded processing technology, has announced that it received a Supplier of the Year Award from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of rugged systems for aerospace and defense, has announced that it is the proud sponsor of the Santa Clarita-to-Pasadena leg of the Amgen Tour of California 2019, which took place on 18 May.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of rugged safety-certifiable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) avionics, today announced that it will demonstrate its DO-254 safety-certifiable VPX3-152 single board computer (SBC) and VPX3-719 graphics and video capture 3U OpenVPX™ rugged COTS modules running the DO-178C safety-certifiable Wind River® VxWorks 653 22.214.171.124, an ARINC 653 compliant multi-partition real-time operating system (RTOS), at the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF).Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has been awarded a contract by The Boeing Company to supply data technology systems for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refuelling programme.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has announced its new Unattended Network Storage (UNS) system, a rugged network attached storage (NAS) solution that provides Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) encryption to protect critical data-at-rest (DAR) on unmanned deployed platforms.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it will be displaying its latest commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) based embedded electronics solutions at the 2018 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, 8-10 October, at booth 1607.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that its Avionics business unit, based in Christchurch, Dorset, UK, has been awarded Silver accreditation by the UK’s Investors in People Standard, demonstrating the company’s commitment to high performance through good people management.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it will have a strong presence in support of the 10th Annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS).Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced the MPMC-9323/EWS Silver Palm, a new addition to its family of open architecture, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) based, electronic warfare (EW) / radio frequency (RF) tuner mission computers.Read more
Curtiss-Wright's new series of open-architecture COTS modules features NVIDIA Pascal™-based 3U OpenVPX™ and XMC mezzanine modules with video capture and 3G-SDI interfaces.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today introduced an innovative SWaP-optimised solution for adding dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interfaces to its Parvus DuraCOR and DuraWORX mission computers in order to support in-platform local area network (LAN) connectivity.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division recently announced its highest performance 3U OpenVPX™ FPGA-based transceiver cards, with 2x or greater performance compared to its previous generation product (VPX3-530).Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division recently announced that it will support the breakthrough 'Gen 5' VPX (VITA 46) data rates on its next generation of rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded modules and systems.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Leads Industry with New Initiative Supporting the US Army’s C4ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS)
CERDEC defined open architecture will speed the deployment of new capabilities, drive lower costs and interoperability, and reduce the use of proprietary electronics in Defense system.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division recently announced that it has begun the process of certifying its rugged, removable 2TB Flash Storage Module 2 (FSM-2) to achieve Level 2 FIPS 140-2 validation for the AES-256 encryptors designed to protect sensitive data-at-rest.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division recently introduced a new version of its award-winning OpenHPEC™ Accelerator Suite software toolkit targeting the needs of system integrators designing multi-core-based ISR and EW applications intended for deployment on smaller systems.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division recently announced the general availability of its 3U OpenVPX™ VPX3-1220 single board computer (SBC) and the award winning XMC-121 XMC processor mezzanine card, both of which make optimal use of Intel’s latest 7th-Gen Intel Xeon processor 'former codename Kaby Lake'.Read more
New 24-Port VME Gigabit Ethernet Switch Module Modernises Systems with Enhanced Security and Lower Power
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has introduced a new 24-Port 6U VMEbus Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch module.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s New Family of Pre-Integrated Application-Specific Mission Management Systems Provides Base Architecture to Speed Development
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division recently introduced a new family of pre-integrated rugged mission management systems designed to lower the cost, speed the development, and reduce the design risk for deployed application-specific solutions.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s New Rugged Data Recorder First to Bridge Legacy Fibre Channel-Based Sensors with Modern Ethernet Network Architectures
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division recently introduced the industry's first rugged data recording system designed to support legacy sensor systems based on the Fibre Channel (FC) data communications protocol and to bridge that data to Ethernet networks.Read more
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced that, for the fourth year in a row, it was recognised by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) for outstanding supplier quality performance.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Debuts Unique Download Station that Speeds Transfer of ISR Data to PCs for Post-Mission Analysis
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced the new FSM-C2X Download Station, an innovative solution for rapidly and simultaneously downloading high-density ISR data to ground station PCs for post-mission analysis. The FSM-C2X Download Station uniquely enables users to rapidly transfer up to eight terabytes (TB) of data via standard USB connections.Read more
Streamlined lifecycle services offering simplifies access to industry-leading counterfeit mitigation tools, improved configuration control and DMS management, dedicated team of experts and 24/7 access to online Total LifeCycle Management platform.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Expands Industry-Leading Counterfeit Mitigation Efforts with Improved Obsolescence Mitigation Reporting Procedures
New policy provides COTS module customers with no-cost access to full authenticity / testing reports for obsolescence mitigation.Read more
Curtiss-Wright, Green Hills Software and Richland Technologies Demonstrate FACE™ Aligned Deterministic Safety-Certifiable COTS Multicore System
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division announced that it is collaborating with Green Hills Software and Richland Technologies to demonstrate the industry's first COTS-based rugged Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) aligned multicore solutions for critical and high-assurance systems.Read more
Curtiss-Wright and Lynx Software Technologies Demo LynxOS®-178 Safety Certified RTOS for Single Board Computers
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division, in collaboration with Lynx Software Technologies, will demonstrate Lynx's LynxOS-178 2.2.4 RTCA/DO-178B Level A Safety Certified RTOS at the Air Force Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Technical Interchange Meeting.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Selected by ELV to Provide Cost-Effective Telemetry System for European Space Agency’s New Vega-C Launcher
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division recently announced that it has been selected by Italy's ELV SpA (Avio Group), the prime contractor on the Vega-C Launcher System and GPM Development and Qualification Programme for the European Space Agency (ESA), to provide a COTS-based telemetry data system for the new launcher.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Debuts Support for LynxSecure Hypervisor Operating Environment on Intel®-based SBC and Small Form Factor Systems
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced support for the LynxSecure separation kernel hypervisor, a real-time secure virtualisation platform capable of leveraging multicore CPU hardware virtualisation features on Curtiss-Wright's Intel-based single board computer (SBC) and Parvus® DuraCOR® small form factor processor product families.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Debuts Industry’s First COTS Data Storage System to Support 2-Layer Encryption for Protecting Classified Data-at-Rest
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division has announced the embedded industry's first commercial off the shelf (COTS) data-at-rest (DAR) storage solution to support Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) 2-Layer Encryption, an NSA approved approach for protecting classified National Security Systems (NSS) information in aerospace and defence applications using cost-effective commercial encryption technologies in a layered solution.Read more
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today introduced the VPX6-197, its newest Power Architecture-based 6U VPX rugged single board computer (SBC).Read more
Curtiss-Wright Supports New 7th Gen Intel® Xeon® processors on DO-254 Safety Certifiable Single Board Computers
Updated VPX3-1220 and XMC-121 SBCs deliver highest performance with Intel’s latest generation quad-core low-power EL-1505L v6 processor and fast Intel HD Graphics.Read more
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced it was ranked as the leading supplier in terms of market share for VPX and VME open architecture system products.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Adds High Reliability Field-Removable Storage Capability to Small Form Factor Rugged Mission Computers
Support for 100K insertion/extraction cycles for 2.5in SATA disks boosts system reliability for popular Parvus® DuraCOR® 80-41 and DuraCOR® 80-42 mission computers.Read more
Curtiss-Wright and Green Hills Software Collaborate to Provide Safety-Certifiable COTS Multicore Solutions
New VPX3-151 is first RTCA/DO-254 safety-certifiable COTS SBC to support Green Hills Software’s RTCA/DO-178B Level A-certified multicore INTEGRITY-178 tuMP™ RTOS.Read more
Curtiss-Wright to Expand Position in Data Acquisition and FTI Markets with Acquisition of Teletronics Technology Corporation
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division announced today that it expects to significantly enhance its position in and commitment to the US and global data acquisition and flight test instrumentation (FTI) markets, following Curtiss-Wright Corporation's announced intention to acquire Teletronics Technology Corporation (TTC).Read more
Curtiss-Wright Raises the Bar on Ultra-Small Mission Computer Performance with new Teraflop+ Supercomputer-Class ARMv8-based Architecture
Industry’s most powerful, compact COTS Mission Computer weighs only 1.5lb yet features a 4-core 64-bit ARMv8 processor, 256-core GPU and comprehensive base I/O (including Ethernet, serial, USB, DIO and video ports).Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s New Memory-Maximized 16-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor D-based DSP Module is First to Support Up to 128 GB DDR-4 Memory
New variant of popular supercomputer-class CHAMP-XD2 OpenVPX™ module eliminates data bottlenecks for compute-intensive, memory-bound ISR applications.Read more
Quad channel PCIe and XMC FibreXtreme modules now support sustained data rates up to 494MB/s a channel.Read more
New Upgradable Turret Aiming and Stabilisation Drive System from Curtiss-Wright Delivers Unprecedented Flexibility
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).Read more
Curtiss-Wright Corporation today announced that its Defense Solutions division is expanding its range of mission critical rugged displays with models optimised for the ground vehicle market.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Debuts First ARM-based Very Low Power, Ultra Small Form Factor Rugged Mission Computer
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced the newest member of its Parvus family of extremely small form factor, rugged network, commercial off the shelf (COTS) mission computer subsystems.Read more
New Family of Single Board Computers Brings Intel® Xeon® Processing and DO-254 Safety Certification to Small Form Factor Modules
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today introduced two new small form factor commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) single board computers (SBCs), based on Intel's latest generation Mobile Xeon processor E3 v5 (formerly known as 'Skylake-H').Read more
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced that it has begun shipments of its family of rugged Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engine modules based on the Intel® Xeon® processor D (code-named 'Broadwell-DE').Read more
Curtiss-Wright to Add Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) Support to its TrustedCOTS™ Data Security Solutions
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced that it will add support for Intel's Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) to its TrustedCOTS™ (TCOTS™) hardware and software capabilities for protecting critical technologies and data in deployed embedded computing systems.Read more
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced a new small form factor, SWaP-optimised solution for storing large amounts of data on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV), and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.Read more
Curtiss-Wright’s New Small Form Factor 3G-SDI Video Switch Eases Distribution of Video on Ground and Airborne Platforms
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division introduces the newest member of the rugged video gateway (RVG) family of video management solutions, for size, weight and power (SWaP) constrained ground and airborne platforms.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Adds Network Attached Storage (NAS) Capability to Video Management System for ISR Platforms
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced that its industry-leading VRD1 rugged video management system (VMS) has been enhanced with the addition of network attached storage (NAS) capability, significantly expanding its utility in demanding aerospace, defence, and law enforcement ISR applications.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Selected by Raytheon Company to Provide Electro-Mechanical Drive for M60 and Challenger 1 Upgrades
Curtiss-Wright's defence solutions division today announced that its drive technology business unit, a leading supplier of rugged, high-reliability, modular electro-mechanical aiming and stabilisation solutions, located in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland, has teamed with Raytheon Company to provide its cost-effective upgrade solution for modernising the turret drive and stabilisation system on M60 and Challenger 1 main battle tanks (MBT).Read more
Curtiss-Wright Introduces First Intel® ‘Broadwell’-based Small Form Factor Rugged Mission Computer for Deployed Air and Ground Platforms
Curtiss-Wright's Defence Solutions division debuts its first quad-core, fifth generation, Intel® Core™ i7 (Broadwell) processor-based, small form factor (SFF), modular mission computer, the Parvus® DuraCOR® 80-42.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Expands Ultra Small Form Factor Rugged System Family with Quad-Core Intel Atom Highly Modular Mission Computer
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced the newest member of its Parvus® DuraCOR® family of extremely small form factor, rugged, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) mission computer subsystems.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Selected by TORC Robotics to Provide Rugged Small Form Factor Ethernet Switch for Unmanned Ground Vehicle
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division today announced that it was selected by TORC Robotics to provide its small form factor (SFF) rugged COTS Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch subsystem for use in autonomous, tele-operated, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs).Read more
Curtiss-Wright Drive Technology is part of the Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Division, and has been a global leader in the development and manufacturing of electromechanical systems used in the industrial and defence industries for more than 60 years, providing both industries with comprehensive solutions for all customer requirements, as well as cost-effective options through the use of standard products.Read more
Curtiss-Wright Drive Technology (CWDT), a leading engineering company supplying electro-hydraulic, electromechanical and electronic drive and control systems, is pleased to announce it featured in Global Defence Technology this month.Read more