Torpedo Control System

September 24, 2007

Torpedos are very demanding applications, requiring very reliable and rugged components (including the power supply). Their shape and size also mean that the space left for the power supply element can be very small and the wrong shape to fit a standard box solution!

For one Vicor customer, operating in the defense and large systems electronics sectors, in particular in the underwater systems field. One of their most successful applications is a heavy-weight torpedo used as a multipurpose weapon designed to be launched by submarines or surface vessels.

The customer required a complete, non-standard input power supply solution, something that one of Vicor’s value added resellers (VARs) could provide based on one of Vicor’s non-standard products, quickly and cost effectively.

Using custom Mini and Micro DC-DC converters designed using Vicor’s PowerBench tools, the VAR designed a VME semi-custom, ruggedised solution with a special input of 150-300 VDC giving +12 Vout @4 A, -12 Vout @4 A, +5 Vout @30 A and + 28 Vout @6 A.

These particular Vicor products were ideal for this application thanks to their high reliability, ease of use and complete modularity, which allows the creation of different power supplies with different outputs, using the same modules.

Last, but not least, these DC-DC converters already meet the necessary Military standards: NQ93A0001, MIL-HDBK-454, MIL-STD1472, MIL-STD-461D, IEEESTD1101.2-1992 and MIL-HDBK-472.

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