Cummins Power Generation, a business unit of Cummins Inc., last week dedicated the production line for its newest line of mobile power generators for use by the United States Army.
The event marks the beginning of the third phase of the partnership between Cummins Power Generation and the Army for production of CPG’s Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources. The five AMMPS models range in power from 5 to 60 kilowatts, and are designed to provide tactical power for military applications under extreme environmental conditions and duty cycles.
“Cummins’ work to provide a range of power solutions to the U.S. military dates back to World War II, and we are excited to celebrate this important next step in our partnership with U.S. Army,” said Tony Satterthwaite, president of Cummins Power Generation. “Our next generation AMMPS represent a significant leap forward in performance, fuel economy and reliability.”
The latest generation of AMMPS is expected to deliver 21-percent fuel efficiency improvements compared to the previous models at nearly a 20-percent reduction in cost. In addition, the power supplies are designed to be lighter, quieter and more reliable than previous generations.
AMMPS directly support weapon systems, tactical operation centers, communications, intelligence and numerous other battlefield systems. The Army estimates the new AMMPS will save millions of gallons of fuel annually in wartime conditions.
As a result of this phase of the program, CPG expects to add about 90 employees and invest nearly $14 million in its AMMPS manufacturing operation in Fridley, Minn. Cummins Power Generation is headquartered in Fridley and currently employs nearly 1,800 people in the Minneapolis region.