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Onboard Vehicle Power Management Development Contract with US Marines

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BAE Systems (Land And Armaments)
: 10 March, 2010  (Application Story)
BAE Systems will develop a system for improving the available power output for ground forces vehicles in the Marina corps
BAE Systems has received a contract to develop an onboard vehicle power management system designed to improve US Marine Corps mission effectiveness by significantly increasing electric power available to ground forces. The contract calls for installation of a power management system in a government-furnished High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle for test and evaluation by the Marine Corps in the summer of 2010. The Marine Corps is evaluating systems from two suppliers and plans to award a contract for five to 10 additional systems later this year.

The system will more than triple the HMMWVís electric power output and provide exportable power to support facilities such as forward-deployed command centres and field hospitals. It also can provide mobile emergency power during natural disasters. The contract award is part of the Marine Corpsí Onboard Vehicle Power program, funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

'BAE Systems recognizes the need for more electricity to power the equipment of the modern military,' said Marion Van Fosson, general manager of military vehicle systems for BAE Systems. 'Our system supports the Marine Corpsí commitment to develop and field new solutions that reduce energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels. Most importantly, the technology will help improve mission effectiveness.'

BAE Systems will perform vehicle integration work that expands the HMMWVís power generation capability to 30 kilowatts of continuous mobile onboard power, directly supporting Marine Corps expeditionary units. The integrated, modular, scalable system generates and manages power for use on the vehicle and as an exportable power source, eliminating the need for towed generators and improving the HMMWVís mobility.

The system also manages electrified automotive accessory systems such as water pumps, engine fans, power steering pumps, and air conditioning. Electrifying these traditionally belt-driven systems improves mobility by providing more horsepower to drive the vehicle, improving fuel economy, and extending engine life.

BAE Systemsí onboard power management system is currently used on the US militaryís Paladin Integrated Management vehicle and demonstrated on the HMMWV, Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles, and Stryker vehicles.
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