A Leonardo DRS business arm has won a potential five-year, $72.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the first low-rate initial production of a shipboard energy magazine and related support services.
DRS Naval Power Systems will design, fabricate, test and manufacture the power conversion technology as well as conduct risk reduction efforts for it through April 2027, the Department of Defense said Friday.
The Navy looks to equip its ships, weapon systems and upcoming platforms with a family of power conversion modules capable of enabling mission adaptable flexibility.
Majority of the work under the initial $24.5 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract will be performed at the company’s Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin location. The remaining 10 percent will be done in Joplin, Missouri.
Aside from naval and marine power conversion modules, the Milwaukee site also develops power distribution, motor controls, drives and automation or control equipment. It employs nearly 400 personnel and covers 650,000 sq. ft. to accommodate power technology-focused work and deliver broad product offerings to the Navy and other customers.
The service branch conducted a competitive process for the contract and received four bids via beta.sam.gov. It will obligate $75,000 in fiscal 2021 research development test and evaluation funds to DRS Naval Power Systems at the time of award.