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United States : HUGE US Army Bridge Boat Propulsion gained by NAMJet.

Marine waterjet manufacturer NAMJet stated that it has been contracted to make available propulsion systems for Birdon America's US Army Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) 400-boat replacement platform. Simultaneously NAMJet declares that its manufacturing and operational HQ has moved to Denver, Colorado.

Bridge Erection Boats are mainly used to offer propulsion and maneuverable thrust to support temporary floating bridges often made necessary when present bridge crossings have been destroyed in military conflict. They can as well be used in a ferry configuration to transport equipment supplies and troops, and to tow other BEBs. The vessels are transportable by road, rail and air.

The BEB contract through the US Army Contracting Command's Tank and Automotive group calls for the replacement of the entire fleet of almost 400 BEB's valued at over $250 million. Stringent necessities for the BEB comprised maximum stability, thrust, and reliability. Propulsion for the 23-foot boats will be supplied by dual 250-horsepower (hp) Cummins engines mated to TRAKTOR Jet 381 HH's.

Jim Ducker, General Manager at NAMJet said, "NAMJet propulsion played a key role in Birdon securing the contract, as their TRAKTOR Jet products provide significantly more thrust than other water jets while maintaining top end speed . "US defense contracts are among the most competitive in the world, and this win is a testament to NAMJet's propulsion expertise and ingenuity."

The manufacturers gave details that with 2-3 times the impeller clearance of high-speed jets, TRAKTOR Jet systems functions at much lower RPM than their high-speed counterparts, which reduces fuel consumption and system wear to provide a considerably lower lifetime cost of ownership.

To better fulfill the requirements of its burgeoning customer base, NAMJet is at present relocating its corporate and manufacturing headquarters. The expansion brings an expected 63 new jobs to Denver, where the firm will make an estimated capital investment of $4 million at its 50,000-square foot site.

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Date:Mar 24, 2014
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