ITT Awarded Contract for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Weapon Release Systems
(Source: ITT Corporation; issued October 12, 2009)
CLIFTON, N.J --- ITT Corporation today announced that it has been awarded a fixed-price contract from Lockheed-Martin to supply pylon weapon release systems (called umbilicals) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Block 1 System Development and Demonstration weapon trials. This initial award has additional follow on potential that exceeds 3,000 aircraft umbilical sets over the next 30 years.

“ITT’s proven leadership in aircraft-armament interface systems made this contract possible and we remain committed to producing solutions required for current and future battlespace operations,” said ITT Electronic Systems President Chris Bernhardt.

ITT's patented, push-to-fit Field Replaceable Connector System (FRCS), ensures a jam-free electrical disconnect with predictable and consistent separation force during munitions releases. Individual FRCS weapon umbilical assembly life has been certified for up to 100 ejected releases as demonstrated through extensive ground trials and in-service operational experience. Previous equipment frequently jammed, causing platform and/or weapon damage resulting in unacceptable mission risk. The FRCS weapon umbilical also utilizes a specialist flexible cable from ITT’s strategic supply partner, W. L. Gore & Associates.

Work will be performed at ITT’s Integrated Structures facility in Brighton, United Kingdom. (ends)

ITT Awarded $39.3 million to Produce Advanced Weapon-Release Systems for F-16 Fighter
(Source: ITT Corporation; issued October 12, 2009)
CLIFTON, N.J. -–– ITT Corporation announced today it has received a $39.3 million IDIQ contract from the U.S. Air Force, Robins Air Force Base, Ga., to manufacture, test and deliver advanced weapon release systems. These will be installed on F-16 aircraft used by U.S. and allied nations.

This award includes options to produce additional racks and spare parts scheduled to be awarded to ITT during the next three years.

An initial order of $10.7 million has already been authorized, for production of 49 BRU-57/A smart racks plus spare components. All work will be performed in the ITT’s Electronic Systems’ Integrated Structures facility in North Amityville, NY.

“ITT has made significant investments in carriage and release technology to meet the growing demand for smart, lightweight, high-performance technologies,” said ITT Electronic Systems President, Chris Bernhardt. “Our focused initiatives have positioned us as a leader in weapon-release systems.”

ITT’s BRU-57/A enables two smart weapons to be carried and released from a single pylon station without modifying aircraft hardware. ITT’s patented electronics enable the carriage to carry a wide array of precision-guided munitions.

ITT Electronic Systems is a leading supplier of information and electronic warfare (EW) technologies, systems and services that enable mission success and survivability. Key technologies include integrated EW systems for a variety of aircraft, reconnaissance and surveillance systems for air and sea-based applications, force protection and counter-IED systems, precision landing and air traffic systems for military applications, and under sea systems encompassing mine defense, naval command and sonar systems, and acoustic sensors. Integrated Structures produces aircraft armament suspension and release equipment, electronic weapons interface systems, and advanced composite structures and subsystems.

ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated 2008 sales of $11.7 billion.


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