Eurosatory: Tank Turret Drive Powers Up

Shephard Media

Published in: Shephard Media News

Curtiss-Wright will supply its Electric Gun Turret Drive Upgrade Kit to Raytheon as part of a turret drive and stabilization system upgrade solution for M60 and Challenger 1 main battle tanks (MBT), the company announced on 13 June.

The kit is designed to replace older, less accurate hydraulic and hybrid-based turret stabilization systems on the M60 and Challenger 1 with a full electro-mechanical drive.

According to the company, the system provides for a lighter and safer turret that is able to rotate faster and accurately fire while the tank is on the move.

The kit has been delivered to Raytheon for integration into both vehicles, and successful live-fire testing of the upgraded tanks has been carried out.

Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, said: ‘We are very proud to team with Raytheon to upgrade M60 and Challenger 1 MBTs with a modern electro-mechanical turret drive system that provides a quick, cost-effective solution for significantly boosting the performance of these older hydraulic and hybrid turret drive systems, enabling them to competitively meet the threat posed by newer and far more costly contemporary platforms

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