Roger sits down with Vago Muradian to discuss how the latest DRS technologies can help fill the needs of today’s Navy, and commercial and international businesses as well.
ARLINGTON, VA, April 19, 2014 -- Reviewing the DRS breadth of products and services, as well as a breadth of needs, Sexauer and Muradian highlight three new and upcoming DRS products.
• Hybrid Electric Drive: The first advancement in hydro-electric technology in a long time, these electric engines allow ships to propel on auxiliary propulsion alone — saving 8,000 to 10,000 barrels of fuel per ship per year. And all associated costs.
This program started with the U.S. Navy and has quickly spread to international markets, such as Korea.
• The 76 millimeter gun for Littoral Combat Ships: Many LCS crews have professed a need for a larger weapon than the current 57mm. So DRS did the math. The 76mm would be more lethal, have a longer range and host more technologically advanced munitions — in a weapon of almost the exact same weight, and ammo that is practically free.
• Deployable Flight Data Recorders: This technology lives in the skin of an aircraft and is able to sense a collision, and deploy itself from the chaos, so that “pings” can easily be detected on the surface. DRS has been providing it to the U.S. Navy for more than 40 years, but due to the recent Malaysian Airlines tragedy, commercial airlines have become more interested. DRS is currently working with the FAA to expedite commercial integration
Sexauer also mentions other growing maritime technologies, including the Energy Storage Module, ANDR defense radar, and the Combat Engagement Capability Program, all of which were prevalently displayed at the Navy League Sea, Air and Space Show.