Rolls-Royce signs innovative £20m support contract

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has signed a long term contract with BAE Systems to provide in-service support for the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers. The Type 45 Daring Class destroyers are each powered by two, cutting-edge, Rolls-Royce WR-21 gas turbines.

This contract, worth £20 million, is part of an innovative approach to supporting the Type 45 fleet - known as Class Output Management. This arrangement will deliver guaranteed availability of the WR-21 engines to support the ships’ demanding operational schedules, allowing the MoD to focus solely on meeting its operational requirements.

The initial contract is for six years. However, options are in place for extensions to cover the entire life of the vessels – in excess of 30 years.

Chris Curtis, Head of Supply Chain for UK Ship Support Programmes at BAE Systems, said: “This contract with Rolls-Royce formalises the support arrangements for the WR-21 gas turbine. We now look forward to working with Rolls-Royce as one of our key suppliers in delivering a highly incentivised and cost effective support provision to one of the world’s most advanced classes of warship.”

Matt Nadin, Rolls-Royce, Head of Type 45 Support, said: “The WR-21 is the world’s most technically advanced marine gas turbine, incorporating a modular design for ease of maintenance and innovative fuel efficiency features.

“This long-term agreement is a recognition that Rolls-Royce is uniquely placed to provide in-service support for this cutting-edge technology, ensuring high levels of operational availability for the Type 45 vessels. We look forward to working closely with BAE Systems and the UK MoD in support of their mission critical operations.”

The WR-21 is a highly efficient marine gas turbine, fitted with recuperators that recover energy from the exhaust, which is used to preheat combustion air, which in turn reduces fuel consumption by approximately one third.

Rolls-Royce is supplying a range of mission critical equipment and systems to the sixstrong Type 45 fleet. In addition to the gas turbines, this includes propellers, shaftlines and bearings, stabilising fins and low voltage electrical systems.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,500 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Annual underlying revenues were over £10.8 billion in 2010, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £59.2 billion at 31 December 2010, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 39,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2010, Rolls-Royce invested £923 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.

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