A business arm of Leonardo DRS has been awarded a potential five-year, $72.8 million contract with the U.S. Navy for the first low-throughput initial production of a shipboard energy magazine and related support services .
DRS Naval Power Systems will design, manufacture, test and manufacture the power conversion technology and conduct risk reduction efforts through April 2027, the Department of Defense announced Friday.
The Navy seeks to equip its upcoming ships, weapon systems and platforms with a family of power conversion modules capable of enabling mission-adaptable flexibility.
The majority of work under the initial $24.5 million cost plus incentive contract will be performed at the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin site. The remaining 10% will be made in Joplin, Missouri.
In addition to naval and marine power conversion modules, the Milwaukee site also develops power distribution, motor drives, drives, and automation or control equipment. It employs nearly 400 people and spans 650,000 square feet to accommodate energy technology-focused work and supply a wide range of products to the Navy and other customers.
The service branch conducted a competitive process for the contract and received four bids through beta.sam.gov. It will commit $75,000 in research development test and evaluation funds for fiscal year 2021 to DRS Naval Power Systems upon award.
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