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General Atomics Lands $10.7M R&D Contract for Future Power Systems

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General Atomics in San Diego, CA is best known for UAVs like the Predator these days – but that isn’t all they do. The firm is also well known for designing power distribution systems used by the US Navy on its aircraft carriers; other specialties include nuclear fuel cycle work, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies. The firm recently received a $10.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to research and develop Integrated Power Systems (IPS). IPS provides total ship electric power including electric propulsion, power conversion and distribution, combat system support and mission load interfaces to electric power systems. This is a trend in ship construction… DDG-1000: key tech(click to view full) The new British/French CVF / PA2 carrier class will be all-electric ships, for instance. So will the USA’s new DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class ‘destroyers’; the IPS is actually one of its key technologies, and a source of some controversy. A spokesman for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, SC said, however, the contract is not specifically geared to any platform already under construction. Instead, technologies developed and lessons learned under this R&D contract will be integrated into future systems generally. Work will be performed […]

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