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08 Jul 15. GE Energy Management has signed a contract with French electrical engineering company Cegelec in Brittany, France to supply a complete static power solution for the French Navy. The solution will use GE’s advanced Static Frequency Converters (SFCs) technology to provide high conversion efficiency and a safe and reliable power transfer from the electric power grid to the French naval vessels while in port. The public grid in France operates on a frequency of 50Hz and must be converted for use of electrical systems on board of French naval vessels, which can function on different frequencies according to the type of ship. GE’s power solution has very low harmonics levels, ensuring high power quality. This clean electricity helps avoid disturbance on the transmission line, which could create network faults and energy losses. In fact, the conditions of coupling a vessel to the onshore grid are critical and it is necessary to ensure that during these operations the power demand does not lead to the destabilization of the grid upstream. This power demand must be gradual, controlled and synchronized through “intelligent” automation. Modular design allows a smaller footprint and is therefore highly flexible during installation and also allows for future power upgrades. The compact design also means higher power density of the equipment, ensuring the conversion of electricity in a more efficient, secured and reliable manner. GE’s SFC allows several loads, meaning several ships can be charged at the same time. Each converter can hold an overload of 150% for a short period, leaving enough time for the automatic coupling of a supplementary SFC. This means that when a new ship is charged, the immediate increased load will not disturb other ships that are already charging, allowing the smooth operation without load impact.
07 Jul 15. Ultra’s PMES business based in Rugeley, Staffordshire has been awarded a contract relating to the design and development of reactor control and cooling systems for Royal Navy submarines. The £18m contract, awarded by Rolls-Royce, is the result of a successful, collaborative partnership between the two companies and it will provide an important contribution to Rolls-Royce in its delivery of the next generation propulsion power system for the future submarine fleet.
06 Jul 15. Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced a major milestone in the modernization of the Italian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, with the delivery of three further AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and an order for two more aircraft. The delivery ceremony was attended by Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Graziano Delrio; Chief of Italian Coast Guard, Felicio Angrisano and AgustaWestland senior management. The AW139s will be used to perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services. The latest order also includes a comprehensive support and training package and options for four additional helicopters.
07 Jul 15. Saab has signed a warhead production contract with MBDA France for the MMP medium-range missile. The order has been placed with Saab’s subsidiary Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland (SBDS). Deliveries are scheduled for 2017. The MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée, medium-range missile) is a high-technology, new-generation battlefield missile. It is established as one of the French MoD’s major new programmes, within its Military Planning Act 2014-2019, to modernise the French Army. This versatile missile, conceived by MBDA France, is currently in its development phase followi