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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Thirty year Roadmap for Navy power systems to support railguns and lasers

USNS Spearhead  (JHSV-1)The US Navy has a roadmap to align electrical power system developments with warfighter needs and enable capability based budgeting.

It is meant to be a living document, updated biannually, that invites innovation and guides investment by DOD, government, industry, and academia to achieve synergistic advances in naval power systems.

Recommendations have been provided based on available information, engineering judgment, and projected requirements. The historic timelines for major component and large system development such as the gas turbine engine and IPS can take up to about 20 years to transition to the fleet whereas smaller subsystems such as the LHD 8 hybrid electric drive can take up to 8 years.

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