Arlington VA January 12, 2016 ̶ DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today the delivery of the first shipset Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system for the Korean Navy’s future multipurpose Frigate known as FFX Batch II.
DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced today the delivery of the first shipset Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) system for the Korean Navy’s future multipurpose Frigate known as FFX Batch II.
“We are proud to have our efficient and powerful Hybrid Electric Drive system as part of the this program to help ensure the success of the South Korean Navy’s new fleet of FFX II ships,” said Roger Sexauer, president of the DRS Maritime and Combat Support Systems Group. “This is the first of many of these remarkable systems we hope to provide to South Korea in support of their naval programs,” he said.
Up to eight of the FFX II ships are planned for construction. The initial ship was designed by, and is being built by, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. These ships are intended to replace an aging fleet of corvettes and frigates with greater capabilities.
FFX Batch II includes a hybrid electric drive system to allow for more efficient and quiet operation of the propulsion plant. The DRS HED system has a significant advantage in size, weight and power over conventional electric motors and produces more torque from the same amount of supplied current. The system’s smaller footprint allows for more flexibility in engine room design and increased cargo space, and its simpler construction results in proven reliability and durability.
The motors were designed and developed by DRS Power Technology, Inc. in Fitchburg, MA under a teaming arrangement with Hyosung Corporation, the prime contractor for the HED system to the shipbuilder and the drives were designed and developed by DRS Power and Control Technologies, Inc. in Milwaukee, WI.