MTU engines to power Italian patrol boats
Rolls-Royce will supply 14 MTU diesel engines to Fincantieri for seven new multi-purpose ocean-going patrol vessels being built for the Italian Navy, Rolls-Royce announced on 5 October.
Each vessel’s propulsion system will include two MTU diesel engines able to power the vessels above 24 knots in diesel mode. The type 20V 8000 M91L engines produce produce 10,000kW of power.
Rolls-Royce will start shipping the engines from 2017.
The PPA-class vessels are being acquired as part of the Italian Navy’s fleet renewal plan. The vessels are intended to be the future backbone of the Italian Navy, replacing patrol boats, corvettes and frigates. With a new, multi-module design, the vessels are able to undertake a wide variety of tasks and missions, including military activities and humanitarian assignments. They will be equipped with modular shelter-based hospital units, and will carry/supply electricity and drinking water.
The first vessel is set to be delivered in 2021, with six more to follow by 2026. The procurement plan includes an option to order a further three PPA vessels.
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