Curtiss-Wright Selected by General Dynamics to Provide MRO Services for the Austrian Army’s Ulan Infantry Fighting Vehicle Fleet
Agreement provides cost-effective replacement/overhaul of original Ulan IFV turret drive system electronic components and mechanical hardware
ASHBURN, Va. – JUNE 1, 2023 – Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a leading supplier of Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) solutions engineered for success, today announced that was selected by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to help extend the operational life of the Austrian Army’s fleet of Ulan Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). Under the contract, valued in excess of $10 million, Curtiss-Wright will replace the original electronic components used in the ground vehicle’s turret drive stabilization system and overhaul the vehicle’s mechanical components. The contract, which began in February 2023, is scheduled to run through the end of 2028.
Curtiss-Wright’s MRO services will help keep Austria’s Ulan Infantry Fighting Vehicle fleet at the optimal operational state for decades to come. As the original supplier, almost twenty-five years ago, of the Ulan IFV’s turret stabilization technology, Curtiss-Wright is able to cost-effectively update the electronic components on the vehicle using one-to-one fit, form, and function replacements. Even better, as the original OEM, Curtiss-Wright is able to overhaul the system’s mechanical components at far greater cost savings compared to having an alternative supplier replace the vehicle’s turret drive hardware.
About Curtiss-Wright’s Turret Drive Servo System
The TDSS uses a modular architecture and standard system configurations, which speeds system development and enables programs to reach demonstration and production phases more rapidly. The use of preconfigured TDSS system components also reduces the time and costs associated with the requirements definition process.
The TDSS enables system integrators to select the exact aiming and stabilization solution that their platform requires - from a manually operated drive all the way up to a highly sophisticated, stabilized drive system – while streamlining enhancements and/or system modification for use on different platforms. This approach is significantly more cost-effective and flexible than traditional bespoke aiming and stabilization system alternatives. TDSS system components can be easily adapted for use on different ground vehicle turrets to meet dynamic program requirements, including performance and precision.
The TDSS products covered by the contract are designed at Curtiss-Wright’s Drive Technology facility in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. Curtiss-Wright is shipping the products to General Dynamics European Land Systems in Vienna, Austria.
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Turret Drive Stabilization System
Weapons' accuracy and reliability are crucial factors for combat success. The ability to accurately locate a target and stabilize the shot while moving out of the line of sight could make all the difference. The modular, upgradeable Turret Drive Stabilization System delivers target location accuracy and precise tank turret stabilization with the flexibility system integrators need to define and deploy the exact solution they require.