Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to deliver engines and water jets to power and propel the Italian Navy’s two new high-speed multi-purpose units (UNPAV).

Immsi Group subsidiary Intermarine is in charge of designing and constructing the UNPAV vessels, which are being built at the Italian firm’s Sarzana shipyard.

Rolls-Royce naval president Don Roussinos said: “We are proud to have been chosen to provide the best technologies for missions such as these.

“We invest to develop solutions best suited for just such complex naval operations as those undertaken by the GOI.”

The UNPAVs are more than 40m-long and 8m-wide, and powered by three MTU 2000-series diesel engines connected to three Kamewa S4 water jets.

The high-speed vessels will be used by the Gruppo Operativo Incursori (GOI) subsidiary Operational Incursion Group, which operates as the special forces of the Italian Navy.

"Intermarine’s composite mine countermeasure vessels are globally renowned and its fast patrol boats have been supplied to many of the most important navies in the world."

The UNPAVs will enhance GOI’s capacity to support maritime traffic control, undertake counter terror and anti-piracy operations, and combat human trafficking, as well as evacuate personnel from crisis areas.

Intermarine CEO Livio Corghi said: “In Rolls-Royce we have a partner dedicated to understanding the needs of our client and capable of very competitive solutions.

“Intermarine designs and builds military vessels in composite materials, aluminium and steel. The company’s composite mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) are globally renowned, and its fast patrol boats have been supplied to many of the most important navies in the world.”

Rolls-Royce was earlier selected by Intermarine to provide Kamewa’s super-silent stainless steel controllable-pitch propellers, driven by anti-magnetic and highly shock resistant MTU engines, as well as Tenfjord-type steering gear for its minesweeper programmes.

Image: A rendering of the Italian Navy’s high-speed multi-purpose vessel. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce.