Indal Technologies pays $3.5 million in case involving substandard parts provided under Navy contract

by Ben Vernia | October 17th, 2018

On October 15, the Department of Justice announced that a subsidiary of Curtis-Wright Corp., Indal Technologies, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that the company provided substandard parts in a contract with the Navy for helicopter landing systems deployed on destroyers. According to DOJ’s press release:

The Department of Justice announced today that Indal Technologies Inc. (Indal) has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold defective helicopter landing systems designed for U.S. Navy destroyers.  Indal, of Ontario, Canada, is a division within Curtiss-Wright Corporation of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since the 1970s, Indal has produced the Recovery, Assist, Secure, and Traverse (RAST) system attached to U.S. Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class destroyers.  RAST systems allow helicopters to land on destroyers.

The RAST system includes a device that locks a hovering helicopter onto a trolley.  Once locked in place, the helicopter moves along a series of steel track plates into a shipboard hangar.  The trolley must remain securely connected to the track plates, because the helicopter may be required to land during rough seas and high winds.  The Navy’s contracts for RAST systems expressly required track plates made of HY100 steel due to the material’s increased strength, combat ruggedness, and protection from corrosion.

The settlement announced today resolves allegations that Indal, without informing the Navy, knowingly substituted a different, less expensive type of steel in numerous RAST system track plates delivered to the Navy.

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The case apparently arose from a government investigation, and not from a whistleblower’s suit.

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