US Navy Awards Aegis Radar-Display Subsystems Contract to Primagraphics

7/21/2004 - Primagraphics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc., and a leading supplier of radar video and graphics display systems for military and civil applications, has secured a contract to supply the United States Navy with radar and video display subsystems for the Gun Weapon System Consoles being developed for the Aegis CG-47 Class Cruiser Conversion program.

Engineers at the U.S. Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC), Dahlgren, VA, needed a new display subsystem to meet the requirements of the MK34 Gun Weapon System. The commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) subsystem would have to accept specialized radar video input formats, multiple camera video inputs, support for maps and numerous X-window graphics overlays - and provide real-time digital display recording.

NSWC selected Primagraphics as it was able to meet all the specifications and provide a technically superior, well integrated and highly cost-effective solution. The company also demonstrated a clear understanding of the technical requirements from the outset and has worked closely with the customer to develop a system that solves all of the display issues.

The Primagraphics subsystem utilises a variety of cards from the company's extensive COTS range including a Hawkeye single-board radar scan converter, a Cobra quad video windows card, a Panther display card, and a Sentinel record and replay system.

David Johnson, product manager at Primagraphics, said: "This is a significant order for Primagraphics and demonstrates, yet again, our ability to provide highly competitive and technically advanced naval shipboard solutions."

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems.

For more information please contact Primagraphics at New Cambridge House, Litlington, Royston, Herts SG8 0SS, United Kingdom, telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222, fax +44 (0) 1763 853324 or email

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Curtiss-Wright Controls, is a leading supplier of radar, video and graphics display systems for military and civil applications. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA). For more information, visit

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Gastonia, North Carolina, Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc. is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities in Gastonia, Shelby and around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally. For more information, visit

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW; CW.B) is a diversified company headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey. The Company designs, manufactures and overhauls products for motion control and flow control applications, and provides metal treatment services. The firm employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

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