AMSC has received a contract to supply a high-temperature conductor (HTS) based ship protection system for integration with the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, LPD 30.
The contract was awarded by Huntington Ingalls Industries ’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division (HII/Ingalls).
In November last year, AMSC revealed that it secured a long lead order from HII/Ingalls for a ship protection system for LPD 30.
The degaussing system for the LPD will be integrated at HII/Ingalls’ shipbuilding facility in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
LPD 30 will be the 14th in the San Antonio-class and the first Flight II landing platform/dock (LPD). It will replace the US Navy’s ageing Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) dock landing ships.
The ship protection system being procured from AMSC is expected to provide improved mine protection to the navy.
In addition, the system will reduce the weight of the degaussing system and bring down energy consumption significantly.
According to AMSC, the system will reduce the magnetic signature of a vessel, which can interfere with the ability of undersea mines to detect and damage the ship.
The 684ft-long and 105ft-wide San Antonio-class ships have the ability to carry up to 800 troops and transport and debark landing craft air cushion or conventional landing crafts.
These vessels also feature helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as the MV-22.
The US Navy can deploy the vessels in support of amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions.
In March, Ingalls Shipbuilding division secured a $1.47bn contract for the detail design and construction of LPD 30. The company plans to begin fabrication on the vessel next year.