Austrian Army Ulan (ASCOD) infantry fighting vehicles
Austrian Army Ulan (ASCOD) infantry fighting vehicles

Curtiss-Wright Selected by GDELS to Provide MRO Services for the Austrian Army’s Ulan IFV Fleet

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a leading supplier of Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) solutions engineered for success, today announced that was selected by General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to help extend the operational life of the Austrian Army’s fleet of Ulan Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). Under the contract, valued in excess of $10 million, Curtiss-Wright will replace the original electronic components used in the ground vehicle’s turret drive stabilization system and overhaul the vehicle’s mechanical components. The contract, which began in February 2023, is scheduled to run through the end of 2028.

Curtiss-Wright’s MRO services will help keep Austria’s Ulan Infantry Fighting Vehicle fleet at the optimal operational state for decades to come. As the original supplier, almost twenty-five years ago, of the Ulan IFV’s turret stabilization technology, Curtiss-Wright is able to cost-effectively update the electronic components on the vehicle using one-to-one fit, form, and function replacements. Even better, as the original OEM, Curtiss-Wright is able to overhaul the system’s mechanical components at far greater cost savings compared to having an alternative supplier replace the vehicle’s turret drive hardware.

Austrian Army Ulan (ASCOD) infantry fighting vehicles. (Photo by Bundesheer)

The TDSS uses a modular architecture and standard system configurations, which speeds system development and enables programs to reach demonstration and production phases more rapidly. The use of preconfigured TDSS system components also reduces the time and costs associated with the requirements definition process. The TDSS enables system integrators to select the exact aiming and stabilization solution that their platform requires – from a manually operated drive all the way up to a highly sophisticated, stabilized drive system – while streamlining enhancements and/or system modification for use on different platforms. This approach is significantly more cost-effective and flexible than traditional bespoke aiming and stabilization system alternatives. TDSS system components can be easily adapted for use on different ground vehicle turrets to meet dynamic program requirements, including performance and precision. The TDSS products covered by the contract are designed at Curtiss-Wright’s Drive Technology facility in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland. Curtiss-Wright is shipping the products to General Dynamics European Land Systems in Vienna, Austria.

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation and conducts its business through European operating sites located in Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With more than 2,150 highly skilled technical employees, GDELS companies design, manufacture and deliver wheeled, tracked and amphibious vehicles, and other combat systems such as armaments and munitions to global customers. The group is the combination of four entities: GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas, GDELS-Germany, GDELS-Steyr and GDELS-Mowag, whose collective value was unified as a single business unit under a parent company in 2003.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation 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. We leverage a workforce of 8,100 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, headquartered in Davidson, North Carolina, has a long tradition of providing innovative solutions through trusted customer relationships.

Austrian Army Ulan (ASCOD) infantry fighting vehicles. (Photo by Bundesheer)