L-3 to deliver switchgear equipment for the US Navy’s new submarine programme


L-3 Communications has secured a contract to deliver switchgear equipment for the power distribution and protection system to be installed on-board the US Navy’s new submarine programme.

The new boats that will be built under the programme will replace the US Navy’s existing Ohio-class submarines.

Under the contract, the company will conduct a detail design and qualification of the switchgear, along with delivering select units for the first submarine.

"This is an important contract for L-3 because it demonstrates our ability to meet evolving naval requirements."

The company will continue delivering the equipment until 2035, if all the vessels in the current plan of record are built.

L-3 chairman and CEO Michael Strianese said: “This is an important contract for L-3 because it demonstrates our ability to meet evolving naval requirements with optimal reliability and performance.”

Work under the contract will be carried out by L-3’s part of power and propulsion systems sector within the electronic systems business segment, L-3 SPD Electrical Systems (L-3 SPDES).

L-3 SPDES president Christine Montalvo said: “Our expertise is in electrical protection and distribution equipment that is designed for harsh and rugged environments.

“We have spent two years investing in conceptual designs and improving upon key elements, including electrical performance, weight and reduced cost, and are excited to have won this rigorous competition.”

Recently, L-3 was selected by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to supply its power node control centre (PNCC) to support the US Navy's new destroyer programme.