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£1million contract for UK power specialist

A Salisbury based defence and commercial power solution manufacturer has been awarded a major contract for the Australian Navy worth over £1million.

Gresham Power Electronics is to supply helicopter starting rectifiers and dc power distributions for the new Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) to be built by the AWD Alliance. As part of the contract, supply will take place over the next three years.

The new AWD is based on an existing frigate platform currently in service with the Spanish Navy and is a baseline design that required minimal modifications for Australian use employing power supply systems provided by Gresham.

The primary role of an AWD is to control air, surface and sub surface environments. To do this, missions involve providing air defence for accompanying ships, land forces and nearby coastal infrastructure. The ships will have a range of approximately 4000 nautical miles and have the capability to launch helicopters from the decks.

Jake Moir (pictured), managing director of Gresham Power Electronics, said: "This is one of the most significant shipbuilding projects to be undertaken in Australia and in these challenging times we are delighted to have been awarded this major contract. It is continuing evidence of the quality and reliability of our world class power conversion and distribution systems as well as our ongoing commitment to produce innovative and cost effective solutions for these challenging defence applications."

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Chris Shaw

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