Rolls-Royce signs UK RN frigate deal

Rolls-Royce MTU 20V 8000 M71 Photo: Rolls-RoyceRolls-Royce MTU 20V 8000 M71 Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has sealed a major deal to supply complete MTU propulsion systems for five new Type 31 general-purpose frigates for the UK Royal Navy.

The order comprises 40 engines and generator sets to be used for main propulsion and on-board power generation, the MTU Callosum propulsion control and monitoring system, and integrated logistics support.

“We’re very proud of the fact that Babcock International Group has opted for MTU propulsion and on-board power solutions on this highly significant project,” said Knut Müller, vice president marine & defense at Rolls-Royce business unit power systems. “MTU products now feature in almost all current and future projects of the Royal Navy.”

Each new frigate will be powered by four MTU 20V 8000 M71 engines, each delivering over 8,000 kW. Onboard power will be provided on each vessel by four MTU generator sets based on 16V 2000 M41B units, each delivering in excess of 900 kW.

In September 2021, Rolls-Royce will deliver the first shipset comprising four main propulsion engines and four generator sets to contractor, Babcock International Group. It is expected that the MTU Callosum propulsion control and monitoring system will be officially added to the supply contract very shortly.

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