Damen Naval and Rolls-Royce Power Systems have signed a contract for the latter to deliver 16 mtu diesel generator sets (gensets) for the German Navy’s four new F126 frigates. Damen noted that this was the first time it had awarded a contract for mtu naval diesel gensets. The agreement also includes an Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package.
The onboard power of each F126 vessel will be provided by four mtu Series 4000 variable speed generator sets. According to Damen, these are the most environmentally-friendly naval gensets Rolls-Royce has ever produced, meeting the requirements of the IMO III emissions directive thanks to mtu’s selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems. Due to their variable speed capability, the engines can be operated efficiently, saving fuel and reducing maintenance.
This is the second F126-related contract awarded to Rolls-Royce – earlier this year Damen Naval chose the company to supply the automation solutions mtu NautIQ Master and mtuNautIQ Foresight.
In June 2020, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awarded the construction contract for the four F126 frigates to Dutch shipbuilder Damen as prime contractor, and sub-contractors Blohm+Voss and Thales. The ships will be constructed entirely in Germany at shipyards in Wolgast, Kiel and Hamburg. The first ship will be handed over in Hamburg in 2028. The contract includes an option for a further two frigates.
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