Swiss defence procurement agency Armasuisse has awarded a contract to Curtiss-Wright ’s defence solutions division’s tactical communications group (TCG) business unit to supply Link 16 tactical data link technology.

TCG will provide its battlefield operations support system (BOSS) software to upgrade Switzerland’s air test evaluation and engineering support system (TEESS).

The company will also supply its ground tactical data link system (GTS) hardware and software for replacement of the country’s legacy ground TEESS.

TCG will support the upgrade of the existing air and ground configurations.

In addition to simplifying these systems, the modernisation effort will involve adding support for the Link 16 multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS) joint tactical radio system (JTRS) radios and Block Upgrade 2 (BU 2) terminals.

Work also includes performing additional systems engineering to integrate BOSS with the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft’s navigation system and Air TEESS roll-on/roll-off hardware.

BOSS enables customers to certify tactical data link implementations to ensure conformance with military standards.

Curtiss-Wright defence solutions senior vice-president and general manager Lynn Bamford said: “We are very proud to have been selected by armasuisse to support the important upgrade of Switzerland’s air and ground test evaluation and engineering support systems with our industry-leading tactical data link hardware and software.

“We are especially pleased, as this will be the first integration of our industry-leading BOSS software for the Pilatus PC-12 Aircraft, and also represents our first GTS sale to Switzerland.”

The company began shipments under the contract in the second quarter of this year and will continue to deliver until the first quarter of 2021.

The products required to fulfil this contract will be manufactured at the TCG facility in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, US, for delivery to armasuisse in Emmen, Switzerland.