C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

USN must prepare for on-board power demands

07 November 2016

In the next 10 years, the US Navy (USN) will see its ships and systems become ever more power hungry, and the service must be ready to meet the challenge, according to Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, commander of the USN Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

However, the navy may already be there in terms of a new era of high-power generation to operate systems such as the SPY-6(V) radar, directed laser energy weapons, the electromagnetic railgun, and the hypervelocity projectile, Vice Adm Moore noted.

"Almost every system we have out there today requires a lot more power and we have to learn a lot of that going forward; how you generate it, how you store it; how you move it around the ship, but these are things already with us today," Vice Adm Moore said.

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