Curtiss-Wright to deliver turret drive stabilization system for Australian Boxer CRV program

According to Dylan Nicholson on Defence Connect, Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division has announced it has secured a contract with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to deliver its turret drive stabilization system in support of the Australian Army’s Project LAND 400 Phase 2 Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle (CRV).
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Australian Land 400 Phase 2 CRV Boxer (Picture source: Cpl Nunu Campos, Australian Defence)

Under the contract, Dylan Nicholson reports, Curtiss-Wright will deliver 133 of its state-of-the-art Turret Drive Servo Systems (TDSS) and associated hand controllers to Rheinmetall. The delivery incorporates more than 50 % Australian industry content (AIC), with Curtiss-Wright working alongside a team of Australian small and medium-sized enterprises following initial industry engagement activities in 2018 and 2019. Under the contract, shipments are scheduled to run through Q1 2026. The products covered by the contract were designed at Curtiss-Wright’s Drive Technology facility in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will manufacture and produce a significant amount of TDSS power circuit boards (PCB) and chassis kits in Australia.

In the next phase of the Australian supplier partner identification and evaluation process, Curtiss-Wright will assess the parts received and then enter into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the selected suppliers in Q2 2020, followed by contract negotiations. After establishing the contractual baseline set, detailed knowledge transfer will commence, complemented by Curtiss-Wright’s TDSS experts, who will provide on-site support and training directly to the new Australian supplier partners at their own sites. On-site support is scheduled to run through Q4 2020. The go-live plan for series production with the Australian supplier partners is scheduled for Q1 2021.

The final assembly of the products covered by this agreement will take place at Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Center of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) facility in Queensland.