Technology Company Delievers Energy Supply
Switzerland has ordered five Patriot™ air and missile defense systems from U.S. manufacturer Raytheon as the Swiss air defense solution under the “Air 2030” program. The power supply for the systems is being provided by the technology company VINCORION, based in Wedel near Hamburg, Germany.
VINCORION is proud to provide the power supply for one of the world’s best air defense systems, as it has again been proven in the Ukraine recently. “This provides the Patriot system with a stable, reliable and battle proven power supply for the radar and fire units”, Stefan Stenzel, CEO of VINCORION, affirms.
Self-Sufficient Radar Operation
The order includes “EPP radarV” (“Electric Power Plants”) units that supply power to the radar system and 15-kilowatt power generators that will be supplied for the Patriot launcher. The order further includes frequency converters rated at 150 kilowatts and converters rated at two times 15 kilowatts each. This allows to power the Patriot System without any CO2 emissions directly from the public grid. In this configuration, the generators remain as back-up power source. “Security and military superiority depend on reliable radar operation that is self-sufficient at all times,” emphasizes Stefan Stenzel. VINCORION manufactures the power supply for Patriot at its site in Altenstadt, Bavaria.
In June of 2021, the Swiss Government announced its intent to purchase the proven Patriot™ system for its ground-based air defence, selected as the preferred solution after evaluation as part of the competitive BODLUV GR Air2030 tender.
Modernizing the Patriot system’s energy supply
Patriot is an air and missile defense system consisting of radars, command and control, and interceptor missiles. It can detect, identify, and engage cruise missiles, drones, advanced fighter aircraft and other airborne threats.
VINCORION is consistently working on modernizing the energy supply. To this end, the company is developing new hybrid solutions. These can reduce fuel consumption and thus lead to lower operating costs. This is because lower emissions mean lower consumption of resources – and help reduce the number of personnel who have to be deployed for refueling operations, for example. However, there are no compromises in terms of performance.
The Patriot system is the basis for an integrated air and missile defense system for 18 nations. In Europe, the system’s customers include Germany, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and Romania. VINCORION has been a supplier to Patriot for 30 years.
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There has been some movement on the expansion of German air defense after the German chancellor outlined the idea of a European solution. But the introduction of an entirely new tactical air defense system is currently not in sight.
There has been movement on the expansion of German air defense after the German Chancellor outlined the idea of a European solution. However, the introduction of an entirely new tactical air defense system is not currently foreseeable. Thus, the solution will likely come down to a further development of the Patriot system. The air threat from maneuverable ballistic missiles and hypersonic weapons is increasing – which literally calls for upgrading the existing system with contemporary capabilities.
Energy supply plays a key role in modernization and adaptation to current defense scenarios, as more and more powerful components are being used. This is the case, for example, in the design of new radars such as the LTAMDS radar or in the formation of entire protective shields, which are also intended to grow with the system and be interlinkable via plug-and-fight functions. At the same time, however, resource-saving components are also required, in terms of emissions, but also fuel consumption and thus deployment costs.
VINCORION has been a supplier for the Patriot System for over 30 years. As a technology company focusing on innovative energy systems in safety-critical applications, it concentrates on modernizing the American air defense system. The company is benefiting from its experience with mobile, hybrid power supply units in the 50 to 200 kilowatt range, such as those VINCORION will be supplying to the German armed forces. It can be revealed that the first design reviews are scheduled for the end of 2023.
In this concept, one of VINCORION’s most important building blocks is also decarbonization. The technology company is planning a modular product family that combines engines, generators and supplementary energy storage systems for hybrid use. The concept includes prototypes for launchers and aerial mast vehicles with 15 kW, for stand-alone fire control stations with 30 kW, and 150kW gensets for radar power supply. All modules are planned with a standard 20-foot transport interface to the carrier vehicle – this simplifies logistics and makes the gensets easy to deploy.
The strict Stage V exhaust gas values are set. VINCORION’s generating sets can be fueled with common NATO fuels and operated in parallel as well as in combination with several systems. The decisive innovation here is the emission downgrade technology. For example, it enables power generation with low-grade fuels while maintaining a reliable power supply during foreign missions. This guarantees a reliable and safe mission. However, the local grid can also serve as an alternative energy source. A dual-track power supply is thus established via the modules. In the event of a failure, the power generation unit can take over immediately.
Mechatronics manufacturer VINCORION has received an order to supply 40 chassis kits for the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile and air defense system’s Enhanced Launcher Electronics System (ELES).
The company was awarded the contract by the US manufacturer Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control headquartered in Grand Prairie, Texas. The order has a total value of approximately 8.4 million euros and represents an extension of an order the company received in 2019. As a result, the total order value has increased to approximately 17.4 million euros. Delivery is scheduled to begin in June 2021.
“The PAC-3 system is still one of the most advanced air defense systems in the world,” said Dr. Stefan Stenzel, Managing Director of VINCORION. “We are delighted that our technological solutions can contribute to the safe and reliable operation of the system over its entire life cycle.”
Enhanced Launcher Electronics System a Key Component of the PAC-3 System
The PAC-3 system is a technological upgrade to the ground-based Patriot missile and air defense system, which is used around the world to defend against aircraft, cruise missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles.
The current configuration allows the use of 16 instead of the original four missiles – effectively quadrupling the firepower. In addition, the missiles feature greater agility as well as greater accuracy due to being equipped with a radar homing head. This advancement is a prerequisite for effectively intercepting cruise missiles and tactical ballistic missiles. A key part of the upgrade is the Enhanced Launcher Electronics System.
VINCORION has been supplying the ELES kits for the PAC-3 system since 1999, initially as a subcontractor of Daimler Chrysler Aerospace and then of MBDA/GLVS. The company has been a first-tier supplier to Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control since 2012.
The mechatronics manufacturer VINCORION has received an order to supply spare parts for the Patriot™ air and missile defense system’s power supply. The total order has a value of approximately ten million euros.
The order was placed by Raytheon Missiles and Defense, a division of Raytheon Technologies via the US division of Jenoptik Advanced Systems. The order encompasses the supply of spare parts, in particular for the diesel engines used in the Patriot system’s EPP, EPU, and launcher gensets. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2020. The aim is to complete deliveries by the end of the first quarter of 2021.
“Our technological solutions ensure that critical systems operate reliably over extremely long product life cycles. This includes the supply of power to air defense systems in use around the world,” said Dr. Stefan Stenzel, managing director of VINCORION. “Continued demand for and confidence in our products and services attest to their outstanding quality as well as the enduring nature of our customer relationships.”
VINCORION: 4-Star Supplier to Raytheon Technologies
The Jenoptik Technology Group has consolidated its mechatronics expertise under the brand name VINCORION since 2018. The company is one of 86 suppliers worldwide that have been awarded the 4-star seal by Raytheon Technologies on the basis of fixed criteria such as product quality and delivery punctuality.
The gensets that supply power to the Patriot air defense system were originally developed by VINCORION in the 1980s, initially for use by the German Air Force, and have since been adopted by twelve of the 17 countries that use Patriot systems. The system will continue to be enhanced and operated over the next three decades.