Curtiss-Wright, the Swiss company responsible for building the turret aiming and stabilization drive system for Rheinmetall’s Boxers under Land 400 Phase 2, has provided ADM with guidance on how Australian companies can join its supplier base.
The turret system has six main parts; the mechanical drive, rotary gear drive, linear drive, one and two-hand controllers, single and dual axis gyroscopes, and a motor controller. This requires a scope of supply that includes a traverse drive, elevation drive, digital single and dual axis gyros, elevation drive mells, and more.
Housings must have measurements of 420/280/150 mm with .1 mm tolerance, and must be “absolutely leak proof.”
The minimum requirements for assembly include an electrostatic discharge table and floor mat, lifting devices, dedicated tools, and experience in assembling control boxes.
Paint suppliers must ensure products are resistant against chemical warfare substances.
Selection itself is a 12-part process that starts with first contact from the supplier and self-assessment. After preselection, non-disclosure agreements, and a supplier offer, Curtiss-Wright representatives will pay a site visit.
The process then moves to pre-decision, with a first sample order, agreement negotiation and quotation, and training, to a first sample inspection. If successful, the contract is then signed and delivery begins. The company used ADM's Directory of Defence Suppliers to help identify possible partners as part of their Australian Industry Capability commitments. The ADM tender bulletin was also used to announce work packages as they came to light.
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