UK MOD's DAOS Certificate Awarded to Curtiss-Wright for Design of Rugged Video Management Systems

July 26, 2019

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of rugged video management solutions, announced today that its Letchworth, UK facility has been awarded the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) prestigious Design Approval Organisation Scheme (DAOS) certification for standard processes that meet the requirements of Type Airworthiness Engineering (TAE) 5000 series regulatory articles. The certification follows a successful audit process undertaken by the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA) on behalf of the MoD. The scheme aims to provide a level of assurance to Project Teams that approved organizations are competent to design equipment for and carry out modifications and repairs to aircraft within a scope defined by the Project Team Leader. The certification applies to the development of Indicating/Recording Systems and Image Recording such as Curtiss-Wright’s Video Management Systems (VMS) and rugged touchscreen LCD Displays.

DAOS provides the UK MOD MAA with an independent assessment of the competence of defense contractors and service organizations involved in the design of aircraft systems, associated equipment and airborne explosive ordnance and armament equipment. MOD policy is to only procure from contractors who have been assessed as competent via the 5000 series TAE regulatory articles.

"We are very proud that our industry-leading rugged video distribution system solutions have received the UK MoD’s coveted DAOS certification for Type Airworthiness Engineering 5000 series regulatory articles," said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Power. "This coveted achievement underlines Curtiss-Wright’s commitment to optimal product design to ensure the highest standards of performance and user safety. This DAOS award represents the continued growth of our capabilities and will help to expand our already strong business in the UK."

About Curtiss-Wright Video Management Systems (VMS)

Curtiss-Wright’s rugged VMS solutions provide comprehensive video conversion and distribution solutions to simplify the routing of multiple video and VGA signals on rotor and fixed wing surveillance aircraft and tactical ground vehicles. Typically, a video distribution system is used in applications where multiple video inputs (for example, from a multi-sensor gyro stabilized camera system) and additional signals from moving maps, mission computers, video recorders and up/down links need to be routed to multiple displays in the aircraft. Curtiss-Wright’s COTS-based VMS units offer aircraft and ground vehicle integrators and installers a modern solution to traditional complex installations and simplified cabling which delivers cost and weight saving. When used with other Curtiss-Wright products in a full VMS, these video routing and switching systems offer the user one of the most advanced and effective mission systems available in the airborne surveillance and tactical ground vehicle market today.

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About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets.  Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 9,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

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