U.S. Army officials needed power electronics components to infuse the vehicle power system of the M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle with electrical power-generation capabilities. They found the necessary solution at L-3 Communications Combat Propulsion Systems in Muskegon, Mich.
L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems, as well as the L-3 Magnet Motors division in Starnberg, Germany, will integrate a permanent magnet starter generator and the associated power electronics with its 800-horsepower transmission for the Army Bradley armored personnel carriers.
The first phase for the integrated starter generator (ISG) is in progress, and L-3 engineers will provide 10 system military power generator prototypes in the next two years.
The L-3 ISG will be an integral component of the hydro-mechanical power transmission (HMPT), providing all needed electrical vehicle power, as well as the transmission disconnect clutch and auxiliary pump drive system.
The L-3 HMPT-800-EG system will provide a high-power electric generator capability for increasing mission loads and additional integration options for high-capacity auxiliary loads for the Bradley family of fighting vehicles. The Bradley G40 ISG is sized for power output of 70 to 160 kilowatts between 800 and 2800 rpm.
For additional information, visit L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems online at www.l-3com.com.