CHARLOTTE, N.C., 25 July 2010. Targeting and communications software specialist Stauder Technologies in Saint Peters, Mo., needed provide avionics chassis and electronic components for the company's AVT StrikeLink Airborne solution (StrikeLink/A). They found their solutions from Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.
StrikeLink/A provides turnkey interoperability with StrikeLink, the material ground solution for the target location, designation and hand-off system (TLHDS) program for the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, by re-hosting digital communications technologies in legacy aircraft. The contract is worth $3.2 million.
At the heart of StrikeLink/A is Stauder's digital communications software fielded in StrikeLink, which enables the ground operator to acquire targets quickly during day, night, and nearly all-weather visibility conditions.
StrikeLink can determine operator location precisely as well as that of their targets, and then digitally transmit secure data, using variable message format (VMF) protocols, to several supporting arms elements.
With StrikeLink/A installed on close air support aircraft, initially the AV-8B Harrier jump jet, digital communication interoperability is guaranteed and sustainable without modifying the aircraft's operational flight program or hardware installation provisions.
"Curtiss-Wright's expertise in the integration of rugged aerospace and defense subsystems, strong engineering and program management skills offered Stauder Technologies the best overall value for their program," says David Adams, co-chief operating officer of Curtiss-Wright Corp.
Curtiss-Wright's integrated subsystems, including avionics chassis, computer boards, backplane and power supply, will measurably contribute to digital interoperability between ground forces and close air support aircraft. For more information contact Curtiss-Wright online at www.cwcontrols.com, or Stauder Technologies at www.staudertech.com.