GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has secured a digital control system supplier for its advanced nuclear reactors by forming an alliance with Lockheed Martin.

The two US companies will join forces to design and manufacture advanced controls for use in GEH’s Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactors (ESBWRs), which it is developing for the US market as well as for export overseas.

The agreement marks an “exciting moment” for the US nuclear energy industry and would ensure that GEH’s advanced Generation III reactors are equipped with control systems that offer the highest levels of security, said GE.

“Lockheed Martin views this partnership as an opportunity to leverage our leadership in advanced technology, systems engineering and safety-critical systems with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s premier Generation III advanced reactor systems,” said Dan Heller, vice president of nuclear systems and solutions (NS&S) at Lockheed Martin. “As a leading global security company, Lockheed Martin has a long history of supporting the energy market and specifically the nuclear segment.

“This partnership leverages our corporate resources and reactor controls and further diversifies our position in the energy and nuclear power generation segments.”_

In addition to main controls packages, Lockheed Martin also will provide GEH with related simulation and training support, as well as services and replacement equipment.