L3 Power Distribution to Provide Power Node Control Centers for the LHA 8 Program
PHILADELPHIA — L3 Power Distribution announced April 9 that it has received a fully funded contract valued at $24 million from Huntington Ingalls Industries-Ingalls Shipbuilding to supply 40 Power Node Control Centers (PNCCs) for the U.S. Navy’s LHA 8 large deck amphibious assault ship program.
The PNCC is also supplied on the U.S. Navy’s DDG guided-missile destroyer program, providing vital power to systems that require 400 Hz power. For the LHA 8 program, in addition to converting 400 Hz power to shipboard weapons and sensor systems as previously configured for the DDG program, several PNCC units will be outfitted to handle the diverse avionics power requirements for the aircraft assigned to the ship.
L3’s PNCC is an integrated electrical system that can be configured to simultaneously perform multiple functions, including operating as a transfer switch, frequency converter, power rectifier and/or inverter, circuit breaker, power conditioner, power transformer and motor controller. The PNCC is scalable, flexible, affordable and robust in converting power for a variety of applications, from commercial, off-the-shelf to qualified MIL-SPEC equipment. It allows for reduced weight and space requirements, and outperforms existing systems through superior fault management and robust power management capabilities.
“This is the second major program award for the PNCC, a critical building block of L3’s Total Ship Solutions products specifically designed to fulfill requirements outlined in the U.S. Navy’s Technology Development Roadmap,” said Don Rodrigues, president of L3’s Power Distribution business, which developed the PNCC. “We are excited to move beyond the early DDG contracts that supplied 400 Hz power at the ‘Point of Use’ by expanding the capabilities of the PNCC so that it can perform as both a ‘Point of Use’ system and the next generation of Aircraft Electrical Service Stations.”
“This contract for L3 demonstrates our versatility to meet changing naval requirements with our innovative technologies,” said Jerry Ozovek, president of L3’s Power & Propulsion Systems sector. “We continue to see great opportunity to expand PNCC applications across other U.S. Navy platforms and in support of future high-energy weapons systems where power management is vital.”
L3 Power Distribution, an L3 Power & Propulsion Systems business line for L3 Technologies, has been a worldwide leader of innovative power solutions for more than 100 years.