General Dynamics bünyesindeki Electric Boat şirketi ile ABD Savunma Bakanlığı'na bağlı DARPA birimi tarafından, şaftsız denizaltı tahrik sistemi konusundaki ArGe faaliyetleri konusunda 18 ay süreli ve 20 milyon dolar tutarında bir anlaşma imzalandı.
Tango Bravo (Technology Barrier) olarak adlandırılan proje çerçevesinde, şaftsız, dolayısıyla denizaltı mukavim teknesinin delinmesini gerektirmeyecek bir tahrik sisteminin geliştirilmesi hedefleniyor.
Electric Boat tarafından yayınlanan basın bülteni aşağıdadır.
Electric Boat Wins $20 Million DARPA Contract to Continue Development of Shaftless Propulsion for Subs
(Source: General Dynamics Electric Boat; issued July 5, 2006)
GROTON, Conn. --- General Dynamics Electric Boat has won a $20 million, 18-month contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue development of shaftless propulsion technology for submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Electric Boat was one of two teams that participated in the first phase of the DARPA Tango Bravo program, to develop concepts for a submarine propulsion system that would not require a propulsion shaft that penetrates the hull. After reviewing both teams' proposals, DARPA selected Electric Boat to build and test a series of small- and large-scale technology demonstrators to validate the performance predicted for its design.
The designation Tango Bravo refers to the term "technology barrier." This program is examining certain technologies to determine whether they can meet stringent submarine performance requirements while reducing ship-acquisition and life-cycle costs and improving the warfighting capabilities and mission adaptability of future submarines.
Electric Boat has won two other technology demonstration contracts under the program, one to develop externally mounted submarine weapons, and the other to radically reduce ship infrastructure.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 72,700 people worldwide and had 2005 revenue of $21.2 billion. The company is a market leader in mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation.