General Atomics has embarked on a project to develop a nuclear reactor system designed to fit in a military shipping container for both truck and air deliveries.
The company said Thursday its microreactor program builds on General Atomics’ 60 years of nuclear energy research-and-development experience and uses materials built to protect the system from potential threats.
According to General Atomics, its nuclear power supply technology includes autonomous features that the company has derived from its unmanned aircraft and military hardware offerings.
The system is designed to have a 10-year refueling cycle and produce up to 10 megawatts of electric power.
General Atomics offered information on the project as the Nuclear Energy Institute published a report that outlines the timeline, challenges and recommendations for the Defense Department to deploy a microreactor at a U.S. military installation.