The US Navy has awarded a $31m contract to French power-conversion company Converteam to supply long-lead materials for the navy’s high-voltage power subsystem (HVPS) project.

Under the contract, the company will provide the materials for the Zumwalt Class destroyer DDG-1000 baseline tactical HVPS for use in the navy’s integrated power system land-based test site (LBTS) located in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

The HVPS will spread the electrical power from the ship’s turbine-generators to various electrical loads and also provides for electric propulsion of the destroyer.

In addition, the company will supply hardware and provide technical leadership to integrate HVPS, low-voltage power subsystem and electric control systems.

The project also includes an advanced induction motor, VDM25000 drive, switchboards, harmonic filters and resistors for dynamic braking and neutral grounding, and LBTS commissioning and engineering to support integration.

Work will be carried out at the company’s facilities in Pittsburgh and at the LBTS in Philadelphia. The project is expected to be complete by March 2011.