Power Conversion Technologies Inc. has won a $171,504 contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply electricity for F-35’s while they undergo maintenance, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Friday.
John Keller reports the four 270-volt power converters that PCTI are supplying are meant to supply the F-35 with electricity from an external alternating current power source as technicians perform depot-level work on it.
The article says the purpose of the converters is to transform 480-volt AC power from the base’s buildings into 270- and 280-volt DC that an electrical power system will control for use by the aircraft.
The converters will be used only during maintenance because an engine-driven starter and generator power the aircraft during normal operations.
PCTI will conduct a test to guarantee the operations of all four power converters once they are installed in two buildings at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.
According to Air Force officials, DC converters of PCTI have been used for other F-35 aircraft that have 270-volt DC main power because the devices meet military specifications.