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Surface Navy: Hybrid propulsion chosen for cutters

13th January 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Arlington, Virginia

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DRS Technologies, a Leonardo Company, has been selected to provide the hybrid-electric drive propulsion system for the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter.

The company received the order from Eastern Shipbuilding Group on 6 January.

Speaking at this week’s Surface Navy Association Annual Symposium, Clive Wilgress-Pipe, director of business development and strategic programs at DRS Power Technology said that different propulsion designs could be applied to various maritime platforms; from a pure electric design to militarized hybrid designs that add an electric motor to a gas turbine or diesel component.

According to Wilgress-Pipe, the pure electric design, ‘which is used

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