Rolls-Royce has been contracted to supply the first shipset of four mtu naval generator sets for the US Navy’s Constellation (FFG-62) class frigate programme.

The FFG-62 project was earlier known as the ‘FFG(X)’ programme.

Each MTU naval generator set is rated at 3,000kWe at 1,800 revolutions per minute (rpm).

The US Navy FFG-62 class frigate is a multi-mission ship designed to serve as the next generation of small surface combatants.

It will be capable of operating in littoral and blue water environments to conduct air, anti-submarine, surface and electronic warfare (EW) operations, as well as information missions.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems North America government sales director Adam Wood said: “We’re very proud that Fincantieri Marinette Marine has placed its trust in our mtu naval generator sets for this important programme.

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“We have a legacy of strong support for our partners in both the US Navy and the US Coast Guard, and we are honoured to be selected for FFG-62.

“There is no doubt that our systems will perform to the high expectations and unique demands of the US Navy Constellation class.”

Based on the MTU 20V 4000 M53B engine, the generator sets are designed to provide a total power output of 12MW for propulsion and on-board power supply.

Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) was selected by the US Navy for the construction of the new Constellation (FFG-62) class frigates. The contract includes the construction of up to ten vessels under phase one.

A potential planned second phase is expected to include another ten ships.

Last October, the US Navy named the first frigate as USS Constellation (FFG 62).