U.S. Navy orders additional RAST system

April 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 26 (UPI) -- An additional Recovery Assist, Secure and Traverse system for the U.S. Navy's DDG 51 ship building program under exercise of a contract option.

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Co. said the option is to an existing Naval Air Systems Command contract and that the system will be manufactured for the future DDG 51 IIA -- hull number DDG 116 – an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer.

The company's RAST is a helicopter handling system for safe stowing, launch and recovery of helicopters, particularly in adverse weather and conditions up to sea state 5.

"We are very pleased to continue our support of the U.S. Navy's critical DDG 51 ship build program," the company said. "The continued supply of the RAST system demonstrates our engineering expertise in providing advanced performance, reliable equipment designs and increased operational efficiency to the naval defense industry."

More than 200 RAST systems are being operated by navies around the world.

Curtiss-Wright Flow Control's Canadian unit, INDAL Technologies, will perform the work on the contract.

The RAST system is to be delivered to the Navy late next year.

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