Lockheed to Modernize F-16 Using Curtiss-Wright Gigabit Switch Tech; Tom Quinly Comments

F16FleetLockheed Martin's aeronautics division has awarded Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. a nearly $8 million contract to build Gigabit Ethernet switch systems for the U.S. Air Force and allied nations' F-16 aircraft.

Curtiss-Wright's defense services division will work to engineer SMS-652 SwitchBox products for the Taiwanese Air Force's F-16 fleet under the first upgrade program worth nearly $3 million, Curtiss-Wright said Tuesday.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based controls segment of Curtiss-Wright Corp. will build the switch subsystems at its Ottawa, Canada-based site and begin shipping the products in the first half of 2014.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide our cost-effective, proven Gigabit Switch subsystem for use in their F-16 fighter jet upgrade programs,“ said Tom Quinly, Curtiss-Wright COO.

The SMS-652 SwitchBox commercial-off-the-shelf technology works to integrate digital networked architectures into airborne, ground combat and unmanned platforms.

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