Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to provide long-term support for all the mtu generator sets onboard the UK Royal Navy’s (RN) ships and submarines.

The contract was signed between the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) procurement arm Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and the company’s business unit Power Systems.

The initial contract is valid for five years and has an additional two-year extension option. 

Work involves providing preventive and corrective maintenance services for more than 90 mtu engines from different series, including Series 183, 396 and 4000.

All the gensets are either equipped with the existing RN vessels or are yet to be fitted.

Different RN vessels to have mtu gensets include Hunt-class mine hunters, Duke-class or Type 23 vessels, Daring-class or Type 45 destroyers, City-class or Type 26 frigates and Astute-class nuclear-powered submarines.

Rolls-Royce will also provide spare parts, on- and off-the-vessel repair support, diagnostics and commissioning assistance.

If required, the company will also deliver design solutions for the modification and enhancement of different components of the vessels.

DE&S Marine Diesel Equipment group leader commander Michael Thomson said: “We are delighted to have placed this support contract with Rolls-Royce which will capitalise on use of data analysis to continually improve availability and support efficiencies for our fleet of mtu engines.”

Additionally, the contract requires the exchange of engine data between Rolls-Royce and the British Navy.

This will allow Rolls-Royce to digitally analyse this shared data to further suggest the required through-life efficiency improvements and for delivering cost-effective solutions for the vessels.

Power Systems global governmental vice-president Knut Müller said: “With our maintenance know-how and growing digital skills, we will help the RN optimise the operation of their vessels, ensuring the highest availability at lower costs.”