SPD Awarded Contract To Supply Electric Plant Control Panel For Seawolf

SPD Technologies, Philadelphia, Pa., has been awarded the contract to produce a special-design electric plant control panel for installation in the first of the U.S. Navy's new Seawolf Class nuclear submarines.

The contract was awarded by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, prime contractor for the Seawolf submarine construction program.

The SPD-designed submarine control panel includes a combination of meters, switches, relays and other equipment to receive and display data to control the operating status of the submarine's electrical generation and distribution system.

Scheduled for delivery in June 1991, the control panel will be produced at SPD's switchgear manufacturing plant in Montgomeryville, Pa.

SPD president George M. Gordon said the Seawolf contract was a landmark in that it is the company's first for submarine control panel development, although similar systems have been developed by SPD engineers for surface combatants.

Mr. Gordon noted that SPD's expansion in electric plant control panel design and production is an outgrowth of its 1988 acquisition of the Brown Boveri's naval switchgear division.

He said the company planned additional expansion in fabrication and assembly of advanced electrical distribution equipment, control panels and specialty shipboard consoles for military applications.

SPD Technologies is one of the largest producers of military circuit breakers and a leader in advanced electrical protection equipment designed for harsh operating environments.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, the company has service, repair and overhaul facilities across the U.S.

and serves military markets throughout the world.

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