Replacing Diesel Generators for the Patriot Missile System.
Patriot Missiles, the defensive anti-missile system designed by Raytheon, are installed around the world to protect cities subject to missile attack.
While utility power around the word is either 50 Hz or 60 Hz, the Patriot system incorporates several elements that require reliable 400 Hz power. Therefore, diesel generators are utilized.
Engine generator efficiency is poor, which increases the fuel demand. As operating hours increase, the rotating engines and generators require substantial maintenance.
FCX developed a special solid-state frequency converter, optimized to change the available utility power into the power required by the Patriot system. The FCX solution significantly reduced diesel fuel costs for Patriot Missile System installations worldwide.