Curtiss-Wright Selected by Airbus to Supply Actuation Technology for eXtra performance WING Demonstrator

Tuesday 19 July 2022

Curtiss-Wright to provide innovative electro-mechanical actuation system for use on Airbus UpNext demonstrator focused on reducing CO2 emissions of future aircraft

Farnborough INTERNATIONAL airshow, FARNBOROUGH, U.K. – July 19, 2022  
Curtiss-Wright's Actuation Division today announced that it has been selected by 
Airbus UpNext to provide custom actuation technology for use on the eXtra 
performance WING demonstrator project. The project, which will explore active 
control technologies to improve wing performance, includes an intelligent wing tip, 
known as a semi-aeroelastic hinge. The project holds great potential for the 
reduction of CO2 emissions.

 

Under the contract, Curtiss-Wright will provide Airbus UpNext with an actuation system 
for control of the semi-aeroelastic hinge on the scaled demonstrator aircraft. The 
demonstrator integrates the eXtra performance WING on a Cessna Citation VII business 
jet platform.  The Curtiss-Wright actuation system features the complete package of systems 
for enabling the semi-aeroelastic hinge function. 

 

"We are very proud to have been selected by Airbus UpNext to support their breakthrough 
eXtra performance WING project with our unique electro-mechanical actuation technology,” 
said Phil Bowker,  Senior General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Actuation Division. 
“This represents the first major business agreement with Airbus UpNext for our Shelby, 
North Carolina facility, and the project’s focus on decarbonization and improved efficiency are 
very much in line with our own strategy. What’s more, we are excited to be working with the 
Airbus UpNext business.”

 

The semi-aeroelastic hinge technology enables a more efficient wing design that improves aircraft 
fuel burn and reduces environmental impact. The demonstrator will improve and optimize wing 
aerodynamics and performance for future commercial aircraft, regardless of propulsion solution and 
aircraft configuration.

 

Curtiss-Wright designs and manufactures its electric actuation products at its Shelby, N.C., Stratford, 
Ontario, and Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland facilities.

 

For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Actuation Division, please visit www.cw-actuation.com.

 

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global integrated business that provides highly engineered products, solutions and services mainly to Aerospace & Defense markets, as well as critical technologies in demanding Commercial Power, Process and Industrial markets. Headquartered in Davidson, N.C., we leverage a workforce of 7,800 highly skilled employees who develop, design and build what we believe are the best engineered solutions to the markets we serve. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing innovative solutions through trusted customer relationships. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com.

 


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