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Parker Aerospace Team Awarded System by Boeing for Navy's P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft.

IRVINE, Calif. -- Parker Aerospace's Control Systems Division and Curtiss-Wright Controls have been awarded the weapons bay door drive system (WBDDS) for the U.S. Navy's P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) now being developed by The Boeing Company.

Parker Aerospace and Curtiss-Wright partnered for the WBDDS and won the contract as part of a "best value" solution for Boeing.

Boeing is developing the P-8A MMA, a long-range, anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations. A derivative of the 737-800, the P-8A will replace the Navy's aging fleet of P-3 aircraft.

The weapons bay door drive system allows the aircraft to open and close doors located on the bottom of the aircraft in order to deploy weapons.

As program lead for this new project, Parker is responsible for system integration and delivery of the complete hydro-mechanical system. Parker is designing and developing the hydraulic control module, hydraulic power drive unit, uplocks, sensors, electronic control unit, and all WBDDS integration and qualification requirements. Curtiss-Wright is providing rotary gear actuators, angle gearboxes, torque tubes, locking mechanisms and position sensing components on the system.

"The partnership between Parker and Curtiss-Wright brings together over 100 years of combined expertise in electronic control, system integration, and hydraulic and mechanical drive systems," said Parker Control Systems Division Director of Marketing Brooke Mead. "We are proud to be working together to provide this critical system for Boeing and the U.S. Navy."

The Navy plans to buy 108 MMAs, and additional international sales are anticipated. The first aircraft is slated for testing in 2009.

Parker Hannifin Corp.

Parker Aerospace is an operating segment of Parker Hannifin Corp., and designs, manufactures, and services hydraulic, fuel, and pneumatic components, systems, and related electronic controls for aerospace and other high-technology markets. Based in Irvine, its product lines include flight control actuation systems and components, thrust-reverser actuation systems, electrohydraulic servovalves, utility hydraulic systems and components, DC motor pumps, fuel pumps, lubrication and scavenge pumps, fuel measurement and management systems, cockpit instrumentation, flight inspection systems, pneumatic subsystems and components, fluid metering delivery and atomization devices, wheels and brakes, hoses, tubes, disconnects and fittings.

With annual sales exceeding $8 billion, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 50,000 people in 46 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 49 consecutive years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's Web site at, or its investor information site at

Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc.

With headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Curtiss-Wright Controls is the motion control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corp. (NYSE:CW). With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. The company celebrated its 75th anniversary in August 2004. For more information, visit
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