Sea Platforms

Surface Navy 2020: Leonardo DRS sees growing USN interest in electric propulsion

15 January 2020

The inclusion of electric propulsion systems in future US Navy (USN) platforms, such as Columbia-class submarine, a guided-missile frigate, and the next large-surface combatant, underscores a growing need for such systems, according to Jamie McMullin, senior director of business development for Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business.

“We’re rapidly moving toward an electrified world,” said McMullin. “Our focus is to get solutions embedded into [the] navy so the fuel savings and stealth benefits can be realised by the operators.

“Ship requirements are more focused on acquisition cost and not performance,” he added.

Long-term relevance and performance is a critical issue for platforms like the Columbia-class ship, whose operations and survival depend on its electric-propulsion stealth attributes.

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