Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division is offering an upgrade solution in partnership with Raytheon that provides M60 and Challenger 1 main battle tanks (MBT) with a new turret drive and stabilization system.
Curtiss-Wright’s Electric Gun Turret Drive Upgrade Kit will upgrade the ageing MBTs with a state-of-the art full electro-mechanical drive that replaces the older, less accurate hydraulic and hybrid-based turret stabilization systems. Successful live fire tests have already been completed with the upgraded tanks.
“We are very proud to team with Raytheon Company to upgrade M60 and Challenger 1 main battle tanks with a modern electro-mechanical turret drive system that provides a quick, cost-effective solution for significantly boosting the performance of these older hydraulic and hybrid turret drive systems, enabling them to competitively meet the threat posed by newer and far more costly contemporary platforms,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division.
The new turret drive and stabilization system delivers significantly improved reliability, acceleration, and audio noise reduction by replacing old hydraulic lines with modern digitally-controlled and state-of-the-art electric actuators.
This allows the tank turret to rotate faster and accurately fire while the tank is on the move and is also lighter and safer, as a result of the removal of flammable hydraulic fluids in the turret.
The Electric Gun Turret Drive Upgrade Kits have already been delivered by Curtiss-Wright to Raytheon.