US Navy awards Leonardo DRS a $73 million contract for Shipboard Energy magazine

The United States Navy has reward DRS Naval Power Systems a potential $72.8 million contract to deliver a multi-application shipboard energy magazine by April 2027.

The Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Leonardo will design, manufacture and test the power conversion system before delivering it to future and current ships and weapon systems.

The magazine is designed to meet the increasing power demands of naval platforms that have incorporated new technologies and systems requiring “high bursts of energy”, such as “conducted energy weapons and sensor systems”.

Covers “peak” demand

The system stores energy in lithium iron phosphate batteries and uses advanced controls for energy management.

“The system is capable of supplying power either to the ship’s electrical distribution system or directly to the pulse weapon/sensor, meeting peak demands for power that the ship’s generators cannot provide,” said the manufacturer. Explain.

The system recharges via the vessel’s electrical system when power demand is low and provides emergency power when the generator shuts down. In addition, its modular design ensures multiple configurations depending on the needs of the platform or system.