Sea Platforms

General Atomics to develop permanent-magnet propulsion motor for LDUUV

29 December 2017

Key Points

  • General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is to develop and build an advanced permanent-magnet propulsion motor for use in the USN’s LDUUV programme
  • Characterisation and testing will be conducted by Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory

The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS ) a contract to design and deliver an advanced permanent-magnet propulsion motor intended for use in the US Navy’s (USN’s) Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) programme.

Designed to provide increased endurance, long range, and payload hosting, the LDUUV is characterised as a modular, open architecture, reconfigurable unmanned underwater vehicle that will be delivered through a series of phased increments.

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