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Constellation class to include MTU generator sets

13th May 2021 - 09:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


MTU naval generator sets will be installed on the Constellation-class (FFG-62) frigates for the USN. (Photo: MTU)

Generator sets for USN Constellation-class frigates will be based on the MTU 20V 4000 M53B engine.

Rolls-Royce is to supply MTU naval generator sets in the initial phase of the Constellation-class (FFG-62) frigate programme for the USN, after the company received a contract from Fincantieri Marinette Marine for the first shipset of four naval generator sets.

The value of the contract was undisclosed.

Rated each at 3000kW at 1800rpm, the sets will be a ‘key component of propulsion and onboard power generation’ for the Constellation class, MTU stated on 11 May.

The generator sets are based on the MTU 20V 4000 M53B engine and provide a total power output of 12MW.

The USN initially ordered ten Constellation-class frigates, with delivery of the eponymous first-in-class vessel due in 2026.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, propulsion equipment is to be fully manufactured in the US.

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