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US army procures Exlar actuators from Curtiss-Wright for air defence launcher

19 August 2015

Curtiss-Wright Corporation has won contract to supply elevation and hatch control electromechanical actuators for use on the US Army Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) in support of the Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) program

Curtiss-Wright will provide solutions based on Exlar electromechanical actuators, as well as hatch actuation controls and engineering services. The actuation systems will be modified Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (M-COTS) solutions in-line with the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center's (AMRDEC) requirement for open system architecture. The estimated potential contract value over the life of the program is approximately $75 million.

The MML is a next generation air defense launcher built on open system architecture and will have the capability to launch a variety of interceptors for comprehensive air defense against a variety of unmanned and cruise missile threats. AMRDEC is the lead developer on the MML program. The Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls division is performing the work under these contracts.

"Curtiss-Wright has a proven record of developing and delivering state-of-the art solutions, providing advanced technology and high reliability to support the needs of our military customers," said David Adams, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "Our ability to support AMRDEC's rapid development and prototyping approach on the MML program, along with our unique product and service capabilities, is key to our success. We look forward to working with the US Army on this important program."

Exlar electric cylinders are distributed in the UK by Olsen Actuation and deliver the power of legacy hydraulic cylinders but with greater efficiency and lower maintenance, eliminating oil tanks, pumps, leak prone fluid lines, and expensive piping installation costs, claims Piers Olsen of Olsen Actuation.

"The compact lightweight design allows for simplified solutions, which are faster, more accurate, quieter and more reliable in mission critical environments which may involve wide temperature range, vibration and shock.

"Requirements for multiple positions, positioning accuracy of 3 micro meter, and flexibility in changing positions are key elements offered by an electro-mechanical solution that make them preferred to pneumatic solutions. Electro-mechanical actuators are more cost effective even in simple point-to-point applications."

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