Rolls-Royce wins order to supply Waterjets to the UAE Navy

Monday, 7 December 2009

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has today announced an order to supply 24 lightweight waterjets for the UAE Navy’s fleet of fast patrol boats.

The UAE Navy has ordered 12 new fast patrol boats, based on the proven Ghannatha Class fast troop transport vessel. These are currently under construction by Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), with the first due to enter service in 2012.

Jay Dagher, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Regional Manager - Middle East, North Africa and Latin America said: “We are proud that the UAE Navy has again chosen our technology for their latest vessels. This latest order underscores the strength of our relationship with both the UAE Navy and ADSB.”

“There are already 150 Rolls-Royce waterjets in service across the region and this order further increases our presence in this important market. In response to this growth, and to provide in-service support for our growing customer base, we are working with ADSB to establish a waterjet service centre in Abu Dhabi.”

Each vessel will be equipped with two Kamewa FF600 waterjets, designed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce. The waterjets are fitted with interceptors to enable tighter turning capability, better stability and to reduce fuel consumption.

Rolls-Royce is currently the only company that builds interceptors on waterjets which are controlled with a waterjet control system known as the Incorporated Interceptor Control (IIC). This means that interceptors no longer need to be purchased, installed or controlled separately, translating into greater efficiency and time savings in the ship-building process.

The order also includes a joystick control system that will improve the manoeuvring capability of the vessels.

The new vessels, measuring 26.5 metres in length, are being constructed from aluminium and the waterjets will enable a maximum speed in excess of 35 knots.

Kamewa waterjets power a range of vessels from the smallest inshore craft to the largest ocean going vessels. Rolls-Royce advanced pump technology gives enhanced pulling thrust at lower speeds and the lightweight aluminium construction reduces overall vessel weight to offer higher speeds with improved fuel economy.

Waterjets give greater manoeuvrability compared with conventional propulsion systems, allowing vessels to be turned on the spot, stopped at full throttle within a few boat lengths, and even moved sideways. The absence of moving parts protruding beneath the hull also makes waterjet powered vessels ideal for operation in shallow waters and also improves safety during rescue missions.

Rolls-Royce has previously supplied FF550 waterjets and SII Kamewa waterjets to the UAE Navy. The company supplies 70 navies with products ranging from gas turbines and diesel engines, to propulsion, motion control and electrical systems, and has a growing network of marine service facilities in 34 countries.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a global business designing and supplying integrated power systems for use on land, at sea and in the air. The company has established strong positions in four global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The Rolls-Royce Group has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia, Singapore and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities.
  3. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  4. In 2008, Rolls-Royce and its partners invested £885 million on research and development, two-thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products, in particular the reduction of emissions.
  5. Rolls-Royce has a growing presence in the Middle East, where it is playing an important role in the development of the region across all its sectors - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. Rolls-Royce has a number of agreements with companies based in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and Al Taif, and is involved in the philanthropic work of the Emirates Foundation. Rolls-Royce has also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) to work together to assess Abu Dhabi’s industrial capabilities to support a potential civil nuclear power programme.
  6. The Marine business of Rolls-Royce employs 8,000 people in 34 countries with the main manufacturing centres being in the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States and increasingly Asia.
  7. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in marine solutions, providing products, service and expertise to more than 30,000 vessels in the offshore, merchant, naval surface and submarine markets. It designs ships and its product range includes propulsion systems featuring diesel engines and gas turbines, propellers, thrusters and water jets. Rolls-Royce also provides manoeuvring and stabilising systems and deck machinery.

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