Rolls-Royce Launches Innovative Technology to Support Naval Autonomy

September 10, 2019 – Rolls-Royce is developing an autonomous machinery control system which allows Naval vessels to undertake long endurance missions with less human interaction. Developed by Rolls-Royce, Artificial Chief Engineer® is a critical enabler for autonomous missions by acting as the equivalent of the engineering department responsible for the health and the operation of an unmanned vessel’s machinery. Navies intend to increase their use of optionally-manned and unmanned vessels to project power further for less cost by reducing reliance on manpower, by allowing higher-risk or longer-endurance missions and by…

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Rolls-Royce Power Systems to Restructure Brands

August 6, 2019 – The Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit, with its core brand MTU, will present itself more clearly in future as an integral part of the British Rolls-Royce engineering group. A new brand architecture is currently evolving, which will be visibly implemented as of autumn with the launch of the new MTU website. The new, clear brand structure will support the PS 2030 strategy of the Power Systems business unit and the global growth path. Rolls-Royce will be the corporate brand and the employer brand. Consequently, the companies…

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US Navy Contract Announcements May 9, 2019

Airborne Tactical Advantage Co. LLC, Newport News, Virginia, is awarded $55,611,547 for modification P00018 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost reimbursable contract (N00019-15-D-0026). This modification exercises the fourth option year in support of the Contracted Air Services program. This modification provides contractor-owned and operated Type III high subsonic and Type IV supersonic aircraft to Navy fleet customers for a wide variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities. Work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia (44 percent); Point Mugu, California (37 percent); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (19 percent),…

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US Navy Contract Announcements March 22, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Herndon, Virginia, is awarded a $245,048,211 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract N00024-17-C-6327 to exercise options for the Joint Counter-Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) Increment 1 Block 1 (I1B1) systems full-rate production in support of the Expeditionary Warfare Program Office. CREW systems are designed to provide protection for foot soldiers, vehicles and permanent structures. The JCREW I1B1 system is the first-generation system that develops a common open architecture across all three capabilities and provides protection for worldwide military operations. This integrated design maximizes commonality…

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Rolls-Royce wins contract to supply propulsion package for new Patrol Vessel for Malta

March 7, 2019 – Rolls-Royce has secured a contract with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the supply of a marine propulsion package to a new Offshore Patrol Vessel under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The 1800ton displacement, 74.8 metre, twin-screw vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce scope of supply that includes a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, Fin Stabilisers, and a touch-screen remote control system that incorporates the novel CanMan Touch Joystick…

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Rolls-Royce wins contract to supply propulsion package for new Patrol Vessel for Malta

March 6, 2019 – Rolls-Royce has secured a contract with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the supply of a marine propulsion package to a new Offshore Patrol Vessel under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The 1800ton displacement, 74.8 meter, twin-screw vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce scope of supply that includes a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, Fin Stabilisers, and a touch-screen remote control system that incorporates the novel CanMan Touch Joystick…

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£235 Million Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Deal

February 25, 2019 – Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has awarded a £235m contract to support nuclear propulsion systems and revealed the name of the third Dreadnought submarine. The multi-million-pound deal with Rolls-Royce Submarines Limited will provide the support, advice and material required to ensure the continued safety and availability of the systems on board the current fleet of Trafalgar, Vanguard and Astute class submarines until 2022. The contract will sustain around 500 UK jobs. During the visit to Rolls-Royce’s site in Raynesway, Derbyshire, the Defence Secretary also announced that HMS…

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US Navy Contract Announcements January 25, 2019

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington, is awarded a $2,458,707,154 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-14-C-0067). This modification provides for the production and delivery of 19 P-8A lot 10 aircraft to include 10 for the Navy, four for the government of the U.K. and five for the government of Norway. In addition, this modification includes engineering change proposal 4 SilverBlock for the government of the U.K. and Lot 10 segregable efforts consisting of unknown obsolescence, Class I change assessments and obsolescence monitoring. Work will be performed in Seattle,…

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Rolls-Royce completes €57 million upgrade of Rauma thruster facility

January 23, 2019 – Rolls-Royce has completed a multi-million Euro upgrade and refurbishment of its thruster manufacturing plant in Rauma, Finland, consolidating production over a single site, and creating one of the world’s most advanced propulsion facilities. The decision to upgrade the facility was announced in the summer of 2016 and the refurbished site was officially opened on 22 January 2019, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä. Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine, said: “Our azimuth thrusters are one of our most important…

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Shipbuilding Firms Chosen for Fleet Solid Support Competition

November 30, 2018 – A syndicate of British firms, along with four international shipbuilding companies, have been selected to compete for the Fleet Solid Support ships contract, Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has announced. The crucial vessels, which will deliver ammunition, food and supplies to UK forces across the globe, will work alongside the Royal Navy’s fleet of warships and will be an important part of the UK Maritime Task Group. The British consortium is made up of leading manufacturing and engineering companies Babcock, BAE Systems, Cammell Laird and Rolls-Royce. They…

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Rolls-Royce to supply MTU generator sets for refurbishment of UK Type 45 naval vessels

November 26, 2018 – Rolls-Royce is to supply 18 MTU Series 4000 diesel generator sets to BAE Systems as part of the Power Improvement Project (PIP) to increase the resilience of the power and propulsion system in all six Type 45 destroyers. The two existing diesel gensets are to be replaced by three MTU gensets per vessel. The three MTU gensets will complement two existing Rolls-Royce WR21 gas turbines also supplying power to the electric propulsion system. Knut Müller, Head of MTU’s Marine & Government Business, said: “We are delighted…

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Rolls-Royce to deliver design and ship equipment for Belgium’s new research vessel

November 7, 2018 – Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by the Spanish ship builder Freire to deliver ship design and equipment systems for a new oceanographic research vessel for Belgium. The IMO polar code compliant vessel will be designed to carry out research and survey tasks in the North Sea and its adjacent sea areas, but also in the Mediterranean and more northern areas. The research vessel will cater for the requirements of the Belgian marine scientific community when performing advanced marine research and education at sea – today…

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Rolls-Royce to power Boeing MQ-25 aircraft for US Navy

September 6, 2018 – Rolls-Royce engines have been selected by Boeing to power the US Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray aircraft, which will provide unmanned, carrier-based air-to-air refueling. The US Navy has awarded the MQ-25A engineering and manufacturing contract to Boeing to provide four aircraft. The MQ-25 is designed to provide the US Navy with a much-needed refueling capability and extend the range of combat aircraft from carriers. Each MQ-25 aircraft will be powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007N engine, manufactured in Indianapolis, US. The AE 3007N, the latest variant of…

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MTU unveils new integrated bridge concept for safe and efficient ship operation

September 4, 2018 – MTU showcases its new integrated bridge concept at the SMM in Hamburg, the leading maritime trade show. The new integrated bridge forms the central point of access to all information that is crucial to safe and efficient ship operation. This relates in particular to the MTU propulsion plant, MTU ship automation, the power management system, navigation, radar and communication. With the new solution, information previously scattered over diverse displays is now collated at a standardized display using a single graphic interface which enables faster overview using…

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Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine selected to power Japan’s new frigate

Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply its MT30 gas turbine to power a new class of frigates for the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). The selection means Japan is the fifth nation to select the MT30 for a major naval ship building program. Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Defence, said: “Japan’s selection of the MT30 is very significant and means that the three largest users of marine gas turbines, have all endorsed the capabilities of the MT30 and selected it to power significant future programs. “The MT30…

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