AMSC Awarded Contract for U.S. Navy Deployable Mine Countermeasure System
AMSC, a leading system provider of megawatt-scale power resiliency solutions that orchestrate the rhythm and harmony of power on the grid™ and protect and expand the capability of our Navy’s fleet, has entered into a delivery contract for approximately $8 million with Textron Systems for a pre-production High-Temperature Superconductor (HTS) Magnetic Influence Mine Countermeasure Payload System.
Textron Systems is acting as prime contractor for an initial award of over $20 million, inclusive of the $8 million award to AMSC, from the U.S. Navy for the design, development, and integration of the next generation mine sweep system for use on board the Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) platform. Designated as the Magnetic and Acoustic Generation Next Unmanned Superconducting Sweep (MAGNUSS), this program is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) as part of its Future Naval Capabilities portfolio to transition the U.S. Navy from traditional legacy towed mine-sweep systems.
“This nearly $8 million multi-year contract builds on AMSC’s prior work on the deployable MCM solution, allowing us to leverage our proprietary technology to develop the capabilities needed for possible future ship production systems,” said Daniel P. McGahn, Chairman, President and CEO, AMSC. “AMSC has been contracted to design, develop, and deliver a pre-production system for the U.S. Navy to deploy and test as part of its MCM USV program. Deployment into the fleet would potentially expand our Ship Protection System content per ship. We look forward to working with Textron and remain focused on our work to expand HTS technology into the fleet through a variety of applications for power and protection equipment.”
AMSC's deployable HTS Magnetic Mine Countermeasure Payload System is expected to provide the U.S. Navy with a robust and efficient mine countermeasure capability that is designed to minimize the risk to fleet assets and personnel during mine countermeasure operations, such as mine hunting and mine neutralization.
AMSC, the U.S. Navy and ONR have collaborated on AMSC's HTS-based Ship Protection Systems (SPS) including HTS Advanced Degaussing Systems, as well as the deployable HTS Magnetic Influence Mine Countermeasure Payload System. The core components of AMSC's HTS-based SPS are common and transferable to other applications being targeted for ship implementation.