US Air Force Test Center Invests $287 Million in Flight Test Instrumentation

The US Air Force Test Center, located at Edwards Air Force Base, is investing in new flight test instrumentation technology. (Image: U.S. Air Force)

Curtiss-Wright has been awarded a 10-year, $287 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by Edwards Air Force Base (AFB) – Air Force Test Center (AFTC). The contract has a base period of five years, valued at $123 million, followed by a five-year option period, according to the company.

Under the agreement, Curtiss-Wright will provide its High Speed Data Acquisition System (HSDAS) aerospace instrumentation technology to support AFTC flight test programs, including High Speed Data Acquisition, Network, Recording, Gateway, RF, and Data Analysis Software (IADS®) products and services for Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI). The contract also provides enhancements, upgrades, repair services, field service, and technical support to the HSDAS equipment.

“This is the largest award received by our Aerospace Instrumentation team and is a strong example of our long-standing relationships and continued support of critical U.S. flight test center objectives. Further, it reinforces our commitment to providing the most advanced and reliable integrated high speed flight test instrumentation systems in support of our warfighters and builds on our legacy as a leading supplier of data collection and flight test instrumentation solutions for use on various fighter jet, bomber, hypersonic vehicle, cargo, rotary wing, and missile programs," said said Lynn M. Bamford, Chair and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation.

As a total systems provider for FTI, Curtiss-Wright provides products and services that collect, collate, process, record, transmit via RF links, and analyze and display flight test data. Curtiss-Wright is a leading supplier of these solutions on the F-22, F-35, B-52 and many other programs.

Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions will perform the work and fulfill the IDIQ delivery orders primarily at its TTC (Teletronics) facility in Newtown, Pa. and its IADS facility in Palmdale, California.