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AMSC Awarded U.S. Navy Contract for Insertion of Ship Protection System on USS Fort Lauderdale, LPD 28
AMSC's Ship Protection System has also been chosen as the baseline design for LPD 29 and the 11 ship LX(R) Amphibious Assault Ship Platform

DEVENS, Mass. -- AMSC (NASDAQ:AMSC), a global energy solutions provider serving wind and power grid industry leaders, today announced it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy for the long lead materials for a HTS-based Ship Protection System to be deployed on Fort Lauderdale, LPD 28. The Ship Protection System scope between AMSC and the U.S. Navy is expected to include integration and commissioning of the system. Fort Lauderdale will be the 12th amphibious transport dock ship of the USS San Antonio-class.

AMSC's Ship Protection System will provide Fort Lauderdale with world class mine protection while reducing the weight of the degaussing system by 90%, and reducing energy consumption by more than half that of legacy degaussing systems. Having been designed into the San Antonio Class amphibious ship platform, AMSC's Ship Protection System is expected to be integrated into Fort Lauderdale, LPD 28.

"AMSC's future is here. Our vision for high temperature Superconductor technology has fully moved past its developmental stage. We have commercialized AMSC's core technology," said Daniel P. McGahn, President and CEO AMSC. "We look forward to working with the U.S. Navy during the expected insertion of our advance degaussing system into LPD 28."

The LX(R) program is a program to build a new class of amphibious ships for the Navy.  An AMSC HTS-based Ship Protection (degaussing) System has been chosen as the baseline design for the LPD 29 and LX(R) Amphibious Ship Class designs.

The 13 ships of the USS San Antonio-class are a key element of the U.S. Navy's ability to project power ashore. Collectively they functionally replace more than 41 amphibious ships (4 classes of amphibious ships), providing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable and built to operate with 21st century platforms.

The San Antonio-class ships are 684 feet long and 105 feet wide and displace approximately 25,000 tons. Their principal mission is to deploy the combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. The ships can carry up to 800 troops and have the capability of transporting and debarking landing craft air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing crafts, augmented by helicopters or vertical take-off and landing aircraft such as the MV-22. These ships will support amphibious assault, special operations or expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st century.

AMSC and the U.S. Navy have collaborated on AMSC's advanced HTS-based Ship Protection Systems. The core components of the Ship Protection System are common and transferable to other applications being targeted for ship implementation. AMSC is continuing its work to expand HTS technology into the fleet through a variety of applications for power, propulsion, and protection equipment. AMSC refers to its HTS-based products for the U.S. Navy as "Ship Protection Systems."  

AMSC's Ship Protection Systems, such as degaussing systems, are designed to reduce the magnetic signature of a ship, which can interfere with undersea mines' ability to detect and damage the ship. AMSC has worked with the U.S. Navy to develop a lighter weight, more power efficient HTS version of this degaussing system. HTS is an enabling technology for advanced degaussing systems on platforms with weight and power limitations. These HTS-based systems can reduce the electrical power required to operate by up to 60% and can reduce the overall degaussing system weight by up to 90%.

AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world's demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy™. Through its Windtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. Through its Gridtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance. The Company's solutions are now powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally and are enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks in more than a dozen countries. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit
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