Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new design of maritime patrol craft at the Defense and Security Event International (DSEI) in London.
The first of a protection vessel family of designs, is a new 55-meter craft featuring a range of equipment from Rolls-Royce (stabilizers, thrusters, steering gear, fixed pitch propellers) and MTU (diesels, diesel generators, Callosum IPMS), offering a cost-effective design that can be tailored to mission requirements.
Weighing around 500 metric tons, the new vessel is suited to patrol, search and rescue and interception duties. A 90-meter version of the craft will be on offer by the end of the year, with a 75-meter design following in 2014.
Garry Mills, Rolls-Royce, Chief of Naval Ship Design, said, “Coastal protection and offshore patrol vessels is a growing sector and this new, design offers multipurpose capability, incorporating core design elements that are replicated across the family of vessels.”
Mills continued, “There is a growing trend of commercial marine technology crossing into naval markets as governments seek cost reduction through proven capability. Naval vessels generally comprise many disparate and complex technologies, and that’s what Rolls-Royce, with its broad product base, is good at – integrating bespoke whole-ship systems to minimize program risk.”
Building on its success in the commercial marine market, Rolls-Royce established its Bristol-based naval ship design team last year which is focused on four key naval vessel types – naval auxiliaries, offshore/coastal patrol vessels, fast attack craft and naval ice-breakers.