Common core technology provides benefits to Rolls-Royce MT7 marine engine

Friday, 30 April 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced today that the principle application of the MT7 marine engine is the US Navy Ship to Shore Connector air cushion vehicle program, which requires a lightweight and robust engine. The MT7 is a variant of the combat-proven AE 1107 turboshaft which powers the US Marine Corps and Air Force V-22 aircraft.

In addition to offering an exceptional power-to-weight ratio, the MT7, through its heritage, is demonstrating excellent resistance to challenging environments, ranging from shipboard to desert operations. This experience allows the MT7 to deliver benefits to its users through extended engine overhaul intervals and lower total ownership costs.

Andy Marsh, President Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, said: "The MT7 is a fine example of how Rolls-Royce invests in core technologies that can be used multiple times across a family of engines and applications. Just as the MT30 was qualified to naval requirements for the LCS and DDG 1000 programs, we expect the MT7 to be equally successful.  The MT7 is an important step forward for the naval business and broadens our product offering to meet emerging customer needs, especially for the Ship to Shore Connector program.”

The company’s common core engine family includes the AE 1107 turboshaft, the AE 2100 turboprop and the AE 3007 turbofan.  With over 40 million flight hours accumulated on more than a dozen different applications, the AE engine family provides many advantages for the MT7 program. The common core architecture also allows the MT7 to benefit from an active, well established supply chain, and cost effective production, repair and overhaul processes. 

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising 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 an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.
  3. Rolls-Royce employs over 38,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  4. In 2009, Rolls-Royce invested £864 million (~$1.4 billion) 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. Annual underlying revenues were £10.1 billion (~$16.7 billion) in 2009, of which about half came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £58.3 billion (~$96.2 billion) at December 31, 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  6. Providing power from 3MW to 36MW, Rolls-Royce has one of the broadest ranges of marine gas turbines available in the world. Rolls-Royce has delivered more different engine models to more different navies of the world than any engine manufacturer.

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