Moog Selected by U.S. Navy for TACAN Upgrade
By Wendell Minnick
Moog has been selected by the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Sand Diego, to modernize and upgrade AN/URN-25 shipboard and shore-based Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) systems. The award covers production and technical support with deliveries expected in 2009, said Moog representative Bill Hurst, here in Singapore.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the U.S. Navy on such a significant program. We look forward to modernizing the Navy's legacy TACAN systems with the latest advanced technologies from our MM-7000 platform and meeting the Navy's goal of providing uninterrupted service through 2025," said Greg Kaps, TACAN Program Director, in a press release.
Hurst told Defense News that the U.S. Army could follow the navy's lead in a similar upgrade.
"Because of GPS jamming during the second Gulf War the navy has decided to go back to this system and upgrade it," he said. "Over 35 countries us this system, including Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia," said Hurst. Larger upgrade orders for TACAN are expected globally in the near future, he said.
The MM-7000 platform represents Moog's third-generation TACAN System featuring an integrated design using next-generation digital signal processing, remote maintenance and monitoring capability and built-in testing. Moog has three decades of experience with the TACAN and boasts that its "advanced systems are used in applications around the world and include fixed, shipboard, mobile and man-portable systems compliant with STANAG 5034 and MILSTD-291C."
Timothy Wutz, Moog marketing manager, said that Moog had acquired QuickSet Internation in Sept. 2007. Quickset is a manufacturer of precision positioning systems and pan and tilt mechanisms used to position surveillance cameras, thermal imagers, sensors and communications equipment.
"The company's products are used to position surveillance cameras for securing national borders, commercial ports, strategic missile silos, military airbases and commercial airports," he said.
Moog provides a wide range of products to both commercial and military customers worldwide, said Hurst. Moog is part of the industry team in the development and integration of the primary flight control and leading edge flap actuation systems for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. "As the prime contract holder, Moog's role includes managing the industry team, integration of the complete actuation system, and supplier of critical technologies and major sub-systems," said Wutz.
Moog also supplies the design, manufacture and integration of 17 primary flight control actuators including main rotor swashplate, flaperon and elevator on the V-22. Moog is also providing the vibration control actuation system, bladefold actuation, nose-wheel steering servo-valves, main prop rotor slip ring, hydraulic fluid compensation module and engine fuel control servo-valves for the V-22.