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Curtiss-Wright Corporation - Radar Processing Subsystems for the U.S. Marine Corps' G/ATOR Program

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Curtiss Wright Corporation
: 12 March, 2008  (New Product)
Curtiss-Wright Corporation has announced that it has received a contract from Northrop Grumman to provide radar processing subsystems for use in the U.S. Marine Corps' Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) Program. The initial contract, valued at $4.3 million, is for development which is expected to be completed in 2010. The production phase of the program will be executed as an option under the current contract, and is planned to start in 2010.
'Curtiss-Wright is excited to apply its expertise in embedded computing to support the Marine Corps for this innovative new radar system,' said Martin R. Benante, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Curtiss-Wright. 'Our high density digital signal processing products and optimized software tools are ideal, cost-effective building blocks for this important multi-mission expeditionary radar system. Curtiss-Wright has a long, proven track record as a successful partner with Northrop Grumman, and we are pleased to be working with them on this program.'

Curtiss-Wright will supply Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems with a rugged air-flow-through radar processing subsystem. Curtiss Wright's solution uses open architecture-based standards and software to provide a high- performance, modular, scalable solution for the G/ATOR Processor. Curtiss- Wright's new VPX boards and subsystems deliver the high performance and advanced ruggedization that the G/ATOR program requires, with the additional cost and design advantages of an open architecture structure.

This subsystem will be designed and manufactured at Curtiss-Wright's motion control facility in San Diego, CA, and will include the latest digital signal processing (DSP), field programmable gate array (FPGA) and single board computer products from its Leesburg, VA and Ottawa, Canada locations. The production phase of the program will be executed as an option under the current contract, and is planned to start in 2010.

Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR)

The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)-mounted Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) uses active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology to provide aircraft detection and tracking, cruise-missile detection and tracking, ground-weapon location, and air-traffic control. G/ATOR's lightweight and modular architecture allows for great operational flexibility and the ability to incorporate new processing platforms and technologies as they become available.

The G/ATOR team, led by prime contractor Northrop Grumman, includes Curtiss-Wright, Sensis Corporation, CEA Technologies, Inc., Stanley-Techrizon (formally Telos) and Caterpillar Logistics.
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