Lockheed Martin has selected Marotta Controls to support the development of the long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM), which is being undertaken in collaboration with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Department of the Navy and the US Air Force.
As part of the deal, Marotta will deliver multiple power conversion units for integration onto a range of avionics systems within the LRASM.
The agreement involves provision of qualification, engineering, manufacturing and development (EMD) units to Lockheed.
Marotta has previously delivered power conversion units for missile systems, including the power conversion unit for the US Army’s M299 launcher modernisation programme.
Complying with the requirements of the navy and air force soldiers, the precision-guided missile is designed to fly to the target area, locate and defeat the target. It can be fired from B-1B or F / A-18E / F aircraft.
Marotta’s power conversion units convert aircraft power into reliable output power for a range of avionics systems within the missile.
According to the company, each power conversion unit requires a balance of meeting performance and optimising efficiency in the most demanding missile environment.
Using simple and verified topologies, performance-based component selection and efficient power conversion, the power units achieve efficiency, minimal weight and optimal thermal management, Marotta claims.
Image: Marotta’s power conversion units will be integrated on the LRASM. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin.