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RAST System for Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

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Curtiss Wright Corporation
: 01 April, 2008  (Application Story)
Supplying Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse (RAST) System for Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 19DD Destroyer platform
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) has announced that it has received a Japan Ministry of Defense contract, through Mitsubishi Corporation, for the supply of a RAST Mark VI system to be integrated on-board the new Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 19DD destroyer platform. Work for this contract will be performed by Curtiss-Wright's Motion Control segment in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, with deliveries scheduled to begin in late 2009.

The 19DD RAST Mark VI is a hybrid system that builds on the well- established capabilities of the original RAST system, currently in operation with the Japanese, Canadian, U.S., Australian, Spanish and Taiwanese Navies. It incorporates selected features and capabilities from the more advanced Aircraft Ship Integrated Secure and Traverse (ASIST) system also produced by Curtiss-Wright. The resulting hybrid system provides improved capabilities and functionality with reduced size and weight relative to earlier RAST systems.

'Curtiss-Wright is very pleased to continue its support of the Japan Ministry of Defense and to be a part of this exciting new ship program,' Martin R. Benante, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Curtiss-Wright. 'The supply of the improved RAST Mark VI system demonstrates our engineering expertise in providing advanced performance and innovative equipment designs, and to provide overall value through operational efficiency.'

The 19DD is the lead ship in a new class of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter-capable destroyers and is designed to incorporate the latest advancements in shipboard mission systems. Curtiss-Wright's technology for ship-borne aircraft handling systems (AHS), underwater sensor handling systems and specialized structures has been integral to advanced naval platforms since the early 1960s.
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