L-3 Communications has been selected by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works to supply its power node control centre (PNCC) to support the US Navy’s Destroyer Programme.
The first production unit of the funded delivery order is expected to be delivered next year, and eight PNCCs will be incorporated into each of the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers DDG 51 and DDG 122 and Aegis guided missile destroyer DDG 121.
L-3’s PNCC is an integrated electrical system, which can be configured to perform a range of functions, including operating as a transfer switch, frequency converter, circuit breaker, power conditioner, power transformer and motor controller.
Featuring scalability and flexibility, the system converts power to be used for a range of applications, such as the commercial-off-the-shelf to qualified MIL-SPEC equipment.
It has a lower weight, which subsequently reduces its space requirement, and is outfitted with fault management and robust power management capabilities.
L-3 Electronic Systems president Steve Kantor said: "This is an important contract for L-3 because it demonstrates our ability to meet changing naval requirements with our versatile and innovative technologies.
"We see great opportunity to expand PNCC applications across other US Navy platforms, including aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships and littoral ships where power load manageability is vital."
Earlier this month, L-3 was contracted by the US Navy to offer depot-level maintenance (DLM) for the US Navy’s F/A-18 A/B/C/D fleet.