General Atomics (GA) was awarded two important contracts by the US Navy for the
development and demonstration of an Advanced Arresting Gear suitable for
aircraft carriers and the design and fabrication of an advanced propulsion
General Atomics-led team was awarded a five-year $96 million contract for System
Development and Demonstration (SDD) for the US Navy's Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG)
program on February 25, 2005. Installation and demonstration of AAG will be
conducted at NAVAIR
test facility at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Other team members are Curtiss-Wright
Electro-Mechanical Corporation, Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation,
Foster-Miller, John J. McMullen Associates, and EDO Corporation.
The AAG will be used to recover existing and projected carrier-based aircraft
well into the 21st century. In addition, it will provide increased operational
availability, while reducing manning, maintenance, and support costs, and
significantly enhancing safety.
The Office of Naval Research awarded General Atomics a $46 million contract for
detail-design, fabrication, and factory testing of a full-scale superconducting
DC homopolar motor for ship propulsion on February 28, 2005. GA will deliver a
36.5 megawatt, 120 rpm prototype motor and associated equipment, which will be
shipped to the US Navy facility for full-performance testing.
The advanced superconducting DC homopolar motor offers many benefits including a
very small diameter and lightweight design. The motor has the potential to power
destroyer-sized ships that are begin developed by the US Navy.
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