The American power generation and rotating element equipment manufacturer Philadelphia Gear Corp., now part of Timken, has been awarded a $1.04 billion contract for main reduction gears for U.S. Navy’s Arleigh-Burke destroyers.
Carl D. Rapp, vice president of the Power Systems group for Timken, said: “We’ve worked alongside the U.S. Navy for many decades and are proud to continue supplying our engineering expertise and Philadelphia Gear products and services for this important class of multi-mission ships.
“Philadelphia Gear won the contract to supply MRGs for the re-start of the DDG program in 2010 and, through the years, we have strived to deliver a quality product, on-time, and provide fleet support globally wherever the Navy serves our nation.”
More than 60 DDGs are in service today.
“As a result of our work with the Navy, our teams are prepared to meet the challenge of building reliable propulsion drives to support the demanding mission requirements of the DDG class for years to come,” Rapp added.
While no specific quantities were provided in the contract issued by the Department of Defense, Rapp anticipates that Timken will provide Philadelphia Gear MRGs for new DDG ships over roughly the next decade.
The company expects that sales under this contract would not begin until 2017, with total sales ultimately dependent upon the number and timing of options exercised by U.S. Navy officials.
The Timken Company acquired the assets of Philadelphia Gear Corp., a veteran in high-performance gear drives, components and related services, in 2011.