Montville, NJ (PRWEB) April 28, 2010
Marotta Controls announced today that it was awarded a multi-million dollar follow-on contract for continued production of the pneumatic firing valve for the Small Diameter Bomb (SDB). Under the new contract Marotta will deliver an additional 2,100 units starting in September 2010, following the completion of the current lot production.
The Small Diameter Bomb, the Air Force's low-cost direct-attack precision strike weapon, is designed to reduce collateral damage through its precision and accuracy. Its small size and weight allows more weapons to be carried on each aircraft, increasing the number of possible targets on each sortie. It is particularly useful in urban areas, and has been deployed during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for close air support missions.
The Small Diameter Bomb is ejected from the smart weapons carriage that uses Marotta's high-pressure pneumatic firing valve rather than conventional pyrotechnic ejection methods. High-pressure pneumatic systems increase the efficiency of the smart weapons station by providing consistent and reliable ejection profiles. Because the valve uses compressed air to release the bomb, there is no pyrotechnic residue or damage to the weapons station, thus reducing maintenance and logistics costs.
"The Small Diameter Bomb has proven to be one of the most successful weapons development programs of this decade," said Michael Leahan, vice president and chief sales officer of Marotta Controls. "We are proud to continue to contribute our pneumatic firing valves to this winning program and stand ready to keep pace with the growing world demand."
This follow on contract was awarded by Cobham Mission Systems, Orchard Park, New York, a leading-edge aerospace and defense technology manufacturer. To date Marotta has supplied thousands of pneumatic firing valves in support of the Small Diameter Bomb program.
About Marotta Controls
Marotta is a contributor to today's most significant military, marine, commercial aerospace and space programs, including the F/A-18, F-22, F-35 and P-8A Poseidon. Additionally, Marotta offers special services to the Government and commercial clients. Our product offerings include a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including Electronic Control Systems, Pneumatic Weapon Ejection Systems, IR Missile Seeker Cooling Systems, High Pressure Pure Air Generation Systems, Surface and Undersea Warfare Systems, and Intelligent Composite Systems.
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