Wednesday, June 14,
The Gold Team will incorporate Newport News' Permanent Magnet Motor (PMM) design into its Initial System Design proposal for the U.S. Navy's next-generation surface combatant, the DD 21 Land Attack Destroyer.
The selection of the Newport News team's PMM design is a result of the Gold Team's independent, three-month evaluation of competing Permanent Magnet Motor proposals. Many factors including acquisition cost, life cycle cost, maintenance, manning, efficiency, risk were analyzed and compared between the two motors. The final selection was accomplished by using a systems engineering process, as required by the DD 21 contract.
"The Gold Team conducted a vigorous and thorough competition," said Jerry St. Pe, Litton executive vice president and chief operating office of Litton Ship Systems. "In the final analysis, the Newport News team concept provides the best value system for our Gold Team ship baseline."
The Newport News PMM team, which also includes Kaman Aerospace Corporation (KAC) and Power Technologies, Inc. (PTI), will be prepared to deliver a prototype PMM in 2004 and the first production units in mid-2006. The team's proposed PMM design, based on a Brushless Direct Current, Segmented Stator Motor concept, is easier to manufacture and maintain than other technologies. Also, it is scaleable to sizes required for main propulsion drives on DD 21.
The DD 21 Gold Team consists of Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding, Raytheon and The Boeing Company.
The Gold Team has successfully completed
its Phase I Concept Design, its first Phase II major review with
the Navy's DD 21 Program Office, PMS-500, and is now fully engaged
in completion of its Initial System Design, which will be submitted
for evaluation in October 2000.
forms joint venture
Following the planned mobilization of the PANON from the Mediterranean to the Arabian Gulf, the rig will be upgraded from its current slot configuration to a cantilevered unit. It is estimated that the PANON will be available for service in early 2001, at which time the joint venture would pursue contract opportunities worldwide.