Farnborough, England (PRWEB) July 19, 2008
Marotta Controls announces it has signed a Teaming Agreement with ITT to pursue the upcoming Multi-Purpose Bomb Rack contract. ITT will lead as prime contractor. Marotta will support with its MPACT® high-pressure pneumatic systems. The U.S. Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command, is procuring a non-pyrotechnic Multi-Purpose Bomb Rack (MPBR) for carriage and release of weapons and stores presently employed on BRU-33, BRU-41, BRU-42 and BRU-55 racks, as well as for future weapons.
The MPBR program objective is to reduce the logistical footprint of bomb racks and associated parts. Fighter aircraft often carry both bombs and missiles, which currently require separate suspense and release equipment. Carrying both types of racks results in significant weight and reconfiguration penalty, as well as additional cost. Using one common rack - the Multi-Purpose Bomb Rack - will enable fighter aircraft to release various types of munitions without adjustment, on one common rack, on a variety of aircraft.
ITT will lead as prime contractor, contributing its expertise in multiple carriage suspense and release equipment. Marotta will provide its MPACT Pure Air Compression Technology, which replaces yesterday's pyrotechnic charges with clean, reusable and sustainable high-pressure pure air to deliver accurate weapon and stores separation. The MPACT system consists of three main components; an electronic controller, valve manifold assembly, and micro-compressor. The micro-compressor is manufactured by RIX Industries.
"The opportunity to integrate the MPACT platform into the ITT carriage system strengthens our offering and provides NAVAIR with additional value and capabilities to leverage these mature, proven technologies into future weapon systems," said Bill Meiklejohn, Director of Business Development, ITT.
"We have enjoyed a successful working relationship with both ITT and Marotta over the past several years," said George Wood, Director of Operations for RIX Industries. "Building on the success of the MPACT program, we're developing the compressor solutions to the MPBR, an essential component of the pneumatic sub-system."
"By aligning our strong technology resources with ITT and RIX, we've combined fresh ideas with decades of applicable experience," said Michael Leahan, Vice President and Chief Sales Officer at Marotta. "It's the right balance of innovation, stable designs and proven production processes. By reducing redundancy and building on our mutual experience, we are in the unique position to offer end-to-end solutions within cost, schedule and performance objectives. It is logical for us to collaborate in this arena."
About Marotta Controls:
Marotta is a contributor to today's most significant military, marine, commercial aerospace and space programs, including the F-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II and the P-8A Poseidon as well as the Small Diameter Bomb. Marotta offers a comprehensive range of systems, products and services in market sectors including Electronic Control Systems, Pneumatic Weapon Ejection Systems, IR Missile Seeker Cooling Systems and High Pressure Pure Air Generation Systems.
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