Rolls-Royce has won a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide support MT30 and WR-21 marine engines that power two major Royal Navy programmes.

This contract will enable the company to deliver ‘on-going support’ for MT30 engines installed on Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers and WR-21 marine engines on Type 45 destroyers.

The latest contract will run through 2026.

Last October, Rolls-Royce and the UK MoD signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on delivering improved ongoing equipment support for MT30 and WR-21 engines.

Rolls-Royce Defence Business Development and Future Programmes executive vice-president Alex Zino said: “This important services contract will enable us to adopt a more streamlined approach and transform the way we work with the UK MOD customer.

“In partnership with the MOD we will use this support package to drive innovation and deliver benefits. It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide world-class equipment and support for our armed forces customer, so they can focus on their mission.”

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The Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine alternators are operational with navies across the globe.

They can propel the aircraft carriers at speeds of more than 25k.

The MT30 gas turbine alternators also provide other electrical services that enable the ships to operate.

Rolls-Royce said that the MT30 marine gas turbine are specially designed for 21st century ships.

In February, the UK MOD granted funding to Rolls-Royce to advance the development of ‘Artificial Chief Engineer’ technology.