Twenty ETF40B marine gas turbines to be delivered over next 18 months
VERICOR POWER SYSTEMS agreed to a $28,484,200 firm fixed-price contract for the manufacture, testing and delivery of 20 ETF40B marine gas turbine engines and four Pack-Up Kit spare engines for the Landing Craft-Air Cushion (LCAC) Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).
The LCAC is an amphibious vehicle that traverses snow, marsh, ice, tundra, sand and water. The first LCACs were manufactured in 1984 with a service life design of 20 years. The craft are an integral part of the Navy's amphibious capabilities, including service in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and recent humanitarian relief in southeast Asia and the US gulf coast.
The SLEP program will extend the useful life of the LCAC fleet from 20 to 30 years while reducing operating costs and improving performance. Besides main engine upgrades, the SLEP program includes installation of a new skirt system, hull and fuel system modifications and communication/navigation systems upgrades.
Each LCAC was originally outfitted with 4 TF40B turbines, providing both propulsion and lift through an integrated drive train. The ETF40B engine generates over 15% more power, along with better fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance.
A total of 65 engines have been delivered to the navy to date under this program. The navy’s SLEP program is slated to modernize a total of 74 craft.
Vericor is an MTU Aero Engines Company based in Alpharetta, Georgia USA. Vericor is the OEM for the TF and ASE series aeroderivative gas turbines, and supplies systems and related services for marine, oil and gas and power generation customers.