18 May 2022



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SHELBY, N.C. – May 17, 2022 – Curtiss-Wright’s Actuation Division announced that it recently completed and delivered upgrades to the Jet Blast Deflector (JBD) and Barricade Stanchion actuators used in Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) system onboard the US Navy’s Ford-class carrier constructed and supplied by HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.

The upgrades were part of the work to ready the carrier for deployment after its successful completion of shock trials. The upgrades provided added environmental protection as well as changes to allow for faster and simpler on-board planned maintenance.

The program required expedited refurbishment and delivery of the actuators to support the U.S. Navy’s deployment schedule for the CVN 78 carrier, the first of the new Ford-class aircraft carriers. Exlar completed the upgrades and delivery to meet the requested schedule.

Based on Exlar’s performance, HII-NNS’s Director of Supply Chain Procurement, Kelly MacDonald stated that, “The timeliness of your support and dedication to high quality standards are recognized as best in class by both Newport News tradesmen and leadership. This trust and partnership is an important piece of our commitment to our customer, the United States Navy, and plays an essential role in support of national security.”


Curtiss-Wright supplies numerous innovative and mission critical products and services in support of the U.S Navy and its ship builders for both sub-sea and surface ships. Phil Bowker, Sr. General Manager Curtiss-Wright Actuation Division, stated we are proud to continue our support of the U.S. Navy and their shipbuilders. The ability for our team to safely complete and deliver these critical upgrades, considering the on-going challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, is a testament to our commitment, skill, and expertise. We appreciate the trust Newport News Shipbuilding places on us as a valued supplier and partner.


About Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding
HII is a global engineering and defense technologies provider. With a 135-year history of trusted partnerships in advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities ranging from the most powerful and survivable naval ships ever built, to unmanned systems, ISR and AI/ML analytics. HII leads the industry in mission-driven solutions that support and enable a networked, all-domain force. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s skilled workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit: https://www.hii.com/


About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the Aerospace and Defense markets, and to the Commercial markets including Power, Process, and General Industrial. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,200 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com

For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Exlar business, please visit https://www.cw-actuation.com/.


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