Second Leonardo DRS HED for USCG cutter
Leonardo DRS will supply Eastern Shipbuilding with a second hybrid electric drive (HED) system for the US Coast Guard’s (USCG's) next Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), the company announced on 15 January.
Under a $10.7 million contract awarded in 2017 Leonardo DRS is providing HED systems for the USCG's first nine OPCs.
The company will provide its permanent magnet motor based Auxiliary Propulsion System (APS), which allows the ship to operate efficiently at slower speeds, increases mission duration, reduces emissions and provides emergency take-home capability in case of a failure of the main propulsion diesel engines.
When coupled with the main propulsion gearbox, the system allows the ship to operate efficiently during loitering operations while providing better fuel management for increased on-station operations.
The first HED system is set to be delivered in mid-2019.
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