Rolls-Royce wins contract to supply waterjets for the Finnish Navy's new high speed landing craft

Monday, 17 December 2012

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has won a contract to supply water jets to power Marine Alutech Oy Ab's new WatercatTM M18 AMC high speed troop transport craft, that are currently under construction for the Finnish Navy.

The boats, classified as U700, are designed and built by the Marine Alutech shipyard in Teijo, Finland, which specialises in patrol and military vessels.

The contract, for 12 craft, will involve the supply of Rolls-Royce 40A3 water jets (two per craft), and a state-of-art control system that will enhance the manoeuvring capabilities of the vessels.

Andrew Marsh, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval, said: "This latest contract reaffirms our leading position in the supply of water jet technology for a variety of naval craft, where speed, manoeuvrability and the capability to operate in shallow waters are crucial customer requirements. We're delighted to be working with Marine Alutech and building on our excellent relationship with the Finnish Navy."

The 19 metre long vessels will be able to reach speeds in excess of 40 knots and are suitable for a range of duties including troop transportation, medical and evacuation tasks, and landing operations. They are designed to operate in archipelago, coastal and offshore conditions, and will enter service from the middle of 2014.

Water jets enable operation in shallow waters and offer higher speeds and better manoeuvrability than conventional propellers. These features are particularly relevant for the shallow coastlines around Finland and the demands set for landing operations.

  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 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £11.3 billion in 2011, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £60.1 billion at 30 June 2012, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2011, Rolls-Royce invested £908 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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