Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Receives Contract From BAE Systems

Award to Provide Aircraft Tie-Down Link Plates for Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers

Jan 19, 2010, 10:07 ET from Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company announced today that it has received a $6.4 million contract from BAE Systems, a member of the UK Aircraft Carrier Alliance, for the manufacture, test and supply of over 8,500 tie-down link plates for installation on board the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

Tie-downs are welded into the flight deck and hangar spaces and are used as "hard points" for securing the aircraft with chains or straps.  Work for this contract will be performed at INDAL Technologies, a business unit of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company, based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, with deliveries scheduled between 2010 and 2014.

"Curtiss-Wright is very pleased to provide its support to this important Royal Navy project," said David Linton, President of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Curtiss-Wright Corporation.  "The supply of the Link Plates demonstrates our deep knowledge of the customer's applications and our ability to work cooperatively with them."

The Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will be the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed for the UK Royal Navy. They will be a key component of the improved expeditionary capabilities needed to confront the diverse range of threats in today's security environment.  The carriers will each weigh 65,000 tons, are 280 meters long and 70 meters wide, capable of 25 knots maximum speed and have a total complement of approximately 1,500 personnel.

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance is a single integrated team formed from BAE Systems Babcock, Thales UK and the UK Ministry of Defense.

About Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company specializes in the design and manufacture of highly engineered valves, pumps, motors, generators, electronics, systems, and related products for the commercial nuclear power industry, oil and gas processing facilities, and a range of critical military programs.  Its innovative, high-performance products play an integral role in our nation's defense and in the safe, efficient operation of power plants and other industrial sites worldwide. Based in Falls Church, VA, the company has more than 3,200 employees worldwide and is the Flow Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW). For more information, visit

About INDAL Technologies

With over 50 years experience, INDAL Technologies, a business unit of Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Company, is a world leader in the design and development of ship-borne helicopter handling systems, cable handling systems, specialized structures and other sophisticated systems for the U.S. and international navies.  The company combines a high level of engineering and manufacturing capability, with expertise in the management of large and complex defense programs, to provide unique solutions and deliver profound value for its customers.  Its industry leading manufacturing practices, adherence to ISO quality system requirements, program management and control systems ensure product excellence. For more information, visit:


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