Westinghouse Gets $ 6 - M i l l i o n Contract For Cruiser Gears

Westinghouse Electric Corporation's marine division in Sunnyvale, Calif., has received a $6- million contract to build reduction gears for the Ticonderoga (CG-47), lead ship in a new class of AEGIS-armed guided-missile cruisers.

Under terms of the contract 0 awarded by the designer and builder of the ship, the Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries, Westinghouse will supply two 80-ton reduction gears for the new cruiser. AEGIS cruisers will utilize the hull and propulsion systems developed for the Navy's Spruance class destroyers in combination with the AEGIS combat system.

Herbert J. Cabral, Westinghouse marine division general manager, said the reduction gears will be built to stringent sounddampening criteria. Each gear will feature specially designed sound isolation mounts that prevent detection by enemy submarines.

Reduction gears are used between the ship's gas turbine and the propeller shaft. They convert the 3,600 rpm input from the gas turbines to 168 rpm required for propeller shaft output.

Delivery of the gears is scheduled for later this year.

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