100th Moriah Wind System delivered

Members of the Moriah Wind System (MWS) Integrated Product Team, from the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Program Office (PMA 251), and leadership from contractor, Quality Performance, Inc. (QPI) celebrate the 100th system delivery to the fleet at a ceremony on Jan. 17 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

The Moriah team began working with QPI in 2002, and the contractor-government team has since delivered and installed the digital wind measurement systems to numerous ships in the fleet. The system provides wind speed and direction information, including crosswind and headwind, to aid in decision making for air operations, combat, navigation, tactical planning and firefighting.

“Only through close integration and personal interaction between contractor and government teams were we able to successfully overcome the challenge of keeping the Moriah Wind System in production for 15 years, with its many commercial off-the-shelf electronics subcomponents that become obsolescent at a staggering rate,” said Lou Uffer, PMA 251 Information Systems Integrated Program Team Lead at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst.

The 100th MWS shipset will be installed aboard the future USS Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) in 2019. The system was delivered to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in December 2017.

“Fifteen years’ worth of production and a positive working relationship between the manufacturing contractor and the government team is worth a little celebration, as is delivering 100 Moriah Wind Systems to the warfighter,” said PMA 251 program manager Capt. Steve Tedford.