General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has received a task order to demonstrate machining capabilities to produce prototype hardware for the submarine propulsors.
The task order has been awarded by the US Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Carderock Division (NSWCCD).
GA-EMS has received the latest order under a previously awarded indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) propulsor demonstration hardware (PDH) contract.
GA-EMS will carry out the related engineering work at its facilities in San Diego, California and Tupelo, Mississippi, US.
GA-EMS president Scott Forney said: “We look forward to demonstrating our secure specialised manufacturing processes for materials management, machining to tight tolerances, and non-destructive evaluation of complex hardware components with precise geometry.
“Successful demonstration of our capabilities under this task order will further qualify GA-EMS to take on additional submarine propulsor development awards under the PDH programme.”
Once the latest task order is complete, the company will deliver the prototype hardware that will be used for testing components aboard the US Navy’s large-scale vehicle-2 (LSV-2).
A submarine demonstrator platform, LSV-2 is used by NSWCCD to test different advanced technologies before inserting them into the existing or future submarines.
Separately, GA-EMS has completed another task order awarded by NSWCCD to develop and demonstrate secure, cost-effective procedures to recover essential metal elements for reuse from the obsolete propellers and hardware of the US Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarine.
This order was a part of broad IDIQ PDH contract.
GA-EMS completed the demonstration of the procedures developed under the task order using several government-furnished propellers and components.
The demonstration of procedures developed under this task order was completed at GA-EMS’ manufacturing facility in Tupelo.
The company used various government-furnished propellers and components for the demonstration.