The German Navy has awarded a contract to engines and propulsion systems supplier Tognum to provide MTU Series 8000 engines for the navy’s new combat group support vessel, the Bonn.

The Series 8000 engines achieve extremely fuel-efficient consumption even at the levels of operation required for slow vessels using common-rail fuel injection, sequential turbochargers and electronic engine management.

Under the contract, the company will deliver two type 20V 8000 M71R engines as main propulsion units and five on-board power generators driven by MTU Type 8V 4000 M50B engines.

The engines are to be delivered to German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffsbaugesellschaft mbH by the end of 2010.

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The 174m-long combat support vessel Bonn provides worldwide logistical and medical support for mixed-task forces as well as supplying other naval craft with supplies, consumables, provisions and ammunition.

The German Navy is due to commission the new supply ship in 2012.