Rolls-Royce has secured two new contracts for the delivery of low-noise propellers and mission bay handling technologies for the British Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships (GCSs).
The contracts have been awarded by BAE Systems and will cover the first three Type 26 frigates.
The first unit is currently under construction at the company’s shipyard in Glasgow.
Rolls-Royce’s new mission bay handling system features a launch and recovery capability and is expected to support the efficient movement of the craft, as well as containerised mission packages within the mission bay.
Each of the Royal Navy’s Type 26 ships will be equipped with Rolls-Royce’s fixed bolted propellers that have been specifically developed to generate extremely low levels of underwater-radiated noise.
Rolls-Royce Naval president Don Roussinos said: “The Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates will be globally deployable, multi-mission warships capable of undertaking a wide range of roles.
“We’re proud to be supplying our pioneering mission bay handling system, which will ensure flexibility and adaptability throughout the life of the ships, whatever their future mission.
“Our propeller technology will once again provide the Royal Navy with the all-important combination of high propulsive efficiency and low underwater-radiated noise signature to fulfil the essential anti-submarine warfare role of these ships.”
BAE Systems Type 26 programme director Nadia Savage noted that the vessel is the Royal Navy’s next-generation anti-submarine platform, which has been designed to provide the navy with enhanced flexibility and agility.
Savage added: “With Rolls-Royce contracted to supply the low-noise propellers and mission bay technologies, these vessels will have the highest standards of capability and adaptability that the Royal Navy needs to continue to protect UK national interests.”
Rolls-Royce has also been contracted to supply the majority of the propulsion system for the Type 26 vessel.
The Type 26 GCS is intended to replace the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate and is capable of performing three major operations, namely warfighting, maritime security and international engagement.