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GE Aviation Awarded $3.4 Million U.S. Army Contract

GE Aviation, a part of diversified conglomerate General Electric CompanyGE , was awarded a $3.4 million contract for developing silicon carbide-based power electronics for the U.S. Army.

The 18-month development program calls for the research and development of silicon carbide-based power electronics that will support the high-voltage next generation ground vehicle electrical power architecture for the Army.

Electric power technologies based on Silicon Carbide can enable considerable improvements in weight, size and power. GE Aviation's electric power team has rich experience in a range of power conversion products that facilitate high temperature applications of silicon carbide technology. They now intend to deliver prototypes that demonstrate these superior capabilities in the field.

During the contract term, GE will demonstrate the advantages of its Silicon Carbide MOSFET technology in two critical systems: a 3kW coolant pump controller and a 35 kW main engine cooling fan controller.

The technology will allow integration of the SiC Controller electronics onto the engine cooling fan. This process will remove the necessity of a separate liquid-cooled, Motor Drive line replaceable unit and related cooling hoses and interconnecting cables, thus simplifying vehicle installation.

The hardware will lend greater efficiency than the silicon based systems that is presently in use and will enable enhanced management of the vehicle's on-board power, thus improving mission capability.

The program is in support of the next-generation vehicle electrical power architecture leap aahead technology development for the U.S. ARMY's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

GE presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks worth considering now include Federal Signal Corp. FSS , Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation MIC and Blue Nile Inc. NILE , each sporting a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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