Converteam Secures $31 Million in Additional U.S. Navy Funding for the DDG-1000 Program

    PITTSBURGH, Aug. 14 /CNW/ -- The United States Naval Sea Systems Command,
Washington Navy Yard, D.C., awarded Converteam Inc. $31 million to provide the
long lead materials -- for the DDG-1000 Baseline Tactical High Voltage Power
Subsystem (HVPS) -- for use in the Navy's integrated power system Land Based
Test Site (LBTS) located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and to supply hardware
and provide technical leadership on the HVPS.

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    With Converteam's Integrated Power Systems (IPS) role they will be
providing technical leadership to the U.S. Navy to assist in the integration
of the HVPS, Low Voltage Power Subsystem (LVPS) and Electric Control Systems
(ECS). The entire HVPS project scope includes an Advanced Induction Motor,
VDM25000 drive, switchboards, harmonic filters and resistors for dynamic
braking and neutral grounding, and LBTS commissioning and engineering to
support integration. The HVPS distributes electrical power from the ship's
turbine-generators to the various electrical loads and also provides for
electric propulsion.

    Xavier Goy, Converteam Project Manager said, "The project team is highly
motivated to start this new phase of the DDG program and demonstrate the
operation of the integrated system. It is our commitment to deliver excellent
services to the Navy by focusing on technical expertise and reactivity to our
client's requests." Paul Thompson, Director, Navy for Converteam adds, "For
the Navy team, our people add significant experience from the DDG-1000 design
phase and other initiatives such as T-AKE, LHD-8, full scale testing at the
LBTS and international programs. Converteam's leadership at the LBTS will
ensure the successful activation of the integrated power system for Zumwalt,
the DDG-1000 lead ship."

    "This contract showcases Converteam's high level range of capabilities
and how affordable integrated power system solutions are for U.S. Navy
vessels," Goy concluded.

    Work will be performed at the Converteam manufacturing facility in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and at the LBTS in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Scheduled completion is set for March 2011.

    About Converteam
    Converteam Group is a world leader in power conversion engineering.
Building on over a century of experience, it is firmly placed at the leading
edge of technology and innovation with a global reputation for excellence in
the conversion of electrical energy. Converteam develops and provides
solutions built around three core components: rotating machines, drives and
process automation. Serving specialized sectors as well as its core markets in
Marine, Oil & Gas and Offshore, Energy and Industry, its 5,300 staff members
provide power conversion solutions worldwide. At year-end 2008, the Converteam
sales totaled $1,538,600,000.


For further information:

For further information: Tanya Molnar, Manager, External Communications
of Converteam Inc., Direct Line: +1-412-963-3269,
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