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QNA Wins Cradle Lock EPCC Contract with Electric Boat


Waltham, MA – QinetiQ North America (QNA) has been awarded a contract from General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) to design and develop a cradle lock ElectroMechanical Actuator Power Conditioner / Controller (EPCC) replacement for the VIRGINIA Class Block V Weapon Stowage and Handling System (WSHS).

The EPCC is a rack of hardware and software designed to control a number of precision actuators and is used throughout the VIRGINIA class fleet. Similar systems will also exist on the upcoming COLUMBIA class of submarines.

“We are very excited to have been chosen by General Dynamics Electric Boat to design this critical piece of equipment to support the Virginia Class submarine program. QNA has years of experience designing and producing control equipment for the Navy. This effort aligns with QNA’s strategic goals of providing similar technologies and products to help modernize our submarine fleet,” stated Andrew Courier, Vice President of Maritime Systems at QNA.

Design, development, and testing of the cradle lock EPCC will take place at QNA’s Waltham, MA facility.