Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designers at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in San Diego needed flight-control and mission-management computers for the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) UAV program. They found their solution from Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.
Curtiss-Wright Controls won a $25 million contract from Northrop Grumman to provide the Advanced Mission Management System (AMMS) for the BAMS program. BAMS is a maritime patrol variant of the RQ-4 Global Hawk long-range, high-altitude UAV.
BAMS will give the Navy a persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance system to protect the fleet and provide a capability to detect, track, classify, and identify enemy ships and other maritime targets in the open ocean and in coastal waters.
Curtiss-Wright will design, develop, and manufacture BAMS UAV AMMS units at the company’s Motion Control facility in Santa Clarita, Calif. Hardware deliveries will start at the end of 2010 and continue through 2011.
For more information, visit Curtiss-Wright Controls online at www.cwcontrols.com.