Rolls-Royce signs deal with BAE

Posted on 23 Mar 2018 and read 2438 times
Rolls-Royce signs deal with BAERolls-Royce ( has signed two contracts with BAE Systems to supply propellers and ‘mission bay’ handling technologies for the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ship.

The contracts cover the initial three ships; the first of these is currently under construction at BAE Systems’ shipyard in Glasgow.

The Type 26 is designed with modularity and flexibility in mind, and a key feature that sets it apart from competing designs is its mission bay handling system; this will allow the efficient movement of craft and containerised ‘mission packages’ within the bay, which also has a launch and recovery capability. Each ship will also feature two Rolls-Royce fixed bolted propellers.

Rolls-Royce’s 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.

"Our pioneering mission bay handling system will ensure flexibility and adaptability throughout the life of the ships, while our propeller technology will provide the Royal Navy with the all-important combination of high propulsive efficiency and low underwater-radiated noise signature necessary to fulfil the essential anti-submarine warfare role of these ships.”

Rolls-Royce is delivering the majority of the propulsion system for the Type 26. Power will come from a single MT30 gas turbine (providing direct drive through a gear box), and four MTU Series 4000 diesel generator sets from Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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