Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls Wins Contracts in Support of John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Program

Thursday 26 October 2017

GILBERT, AZ – October 26, 2017 – Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors & Controls (S&C) division today announced it received two contracts from Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, for electromechanical actuators (EMA) and associated control systems to be installed on the U.S. Navy’s Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will supply electromechanical actuation technologies for use on Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) systems and Aircraft Elevator (ACE) lock and stanchion systems.

“Curtiss-Wright’s proven experience in electromechanical actuation offers the Navy powerful, robust, and reliable technology for these critical applications,” said Graham Macdonald, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sensors & Controls (S&C) division. “The choice to utilize our EMAs furthers the Navy’s pursuit to reduce energy consumption and maintenance while increasing operational performance and readiness.”

Curtiss-Wright’s electromechanical actuators have industry-leading power density providing an efficient and powerful solution for lifting heavy loads, all while reducing maintenance and installation space by up to 40 percent.  These products will lift, raise, and lower Flight Deck equipment, such as the Jet Blast Deflectors and barricade stanchions, during critical flight operations. Curtiss-Wright is currently under contract and supplying actuators for ALRE systems installed in the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  For the aircraft elevator, S&C will provide stanchion and lock actuators to the CVN 79 platform.

Curtiss-Wright’s contract will be performed over two-and-a-half years, with first deliveries expected in 2019. Production will take place at the Sensors & Controls facility in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.


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