$32.7M to General Atomics for DDG-51 Propulsion System Prototype

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DDG-51 Destroyer(click to view larger) General Atomics in San Diego, CA won a $32.7 million not-to-exceed, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for development of a prototype hybrid electric drive (HED) system on DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class destroyers. Under the contract, General Atomics intends to demonstrate the capability for significant fuel savings by incorporating advanced electric machine technology. General Atomics will perform the work in San Diego, CA (50%); Milwaukee, WI (24%), and Hudson, MA (26%), and expects to complete it by June 2014. This contract was competitively procured under a Broad Agency Announcement, with 23 offers received by the Naval Sea Systems Command at the Washington Navy Yard, DC (N00024-09-C-4222). DID has more on DDG-51 improvements and the troubles with the DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class destroyer program that are prompting the U.S. Navy to look at beefing up the DDG-51… During July 31/08 testimony [pdf] before a House Armed Services Committee panel, Congressional Research Service naval analyst Ron O’Rourke said that adding hybrid electric drive to the DDG-51’s traditional mechanical-drive propulsion could reduce fuel use by about 16%. Reducing DDG-51 fuel use by this amount would reduce the ship’s annual operating (steaming) cost from $15.7 million to about $13.2 million, O’Rourke said. The effort […]

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