12 Jul 2019

Rolls-Royce wins contract to improve Type-23 engines

Rolls-Royce has won an £85million contract to improve Type-23 engines and support Spey gas turbines.

The contract includes the improvement of Type-23 engines form the UK as well as NATO partners Belgium, Portugal, and the Netherlands. The Spey gas turbines help with propulsion as well as anti-submarine measures.

The contract is expected to save the MOD £35million over the next eight years and encourage Rolls-Royce to reduce repair times, acquire spares at a lower cost, and cut back on unnecessary work. The majority of repair work will be carried out at RWG in Aberdeen, supported by Rolls-Royce.

Start Andrew, Defence Minister, said: “This £85m contract demonstrates the UK’s commitment to modernisation through the maintenance of our formidable Type-23s. This work continues the British tradition of supporting our closest allies and solidifying our global position as world-leaders in advanced maritime technology and development.”

Matt Nadin, Director Naval Fleet Services at Rolls-Royce said: “This vital support contract builds upon our Rolls-Royce target to achieve and sustain increased Spey engine availability to the Royal Navy and their NATO partners, The Netherlands, Belgium and Portugal.”

The contract was announced by Stuart Andrew at HMNB Davenport where the Royal Navy is training for fighting, emergency situations, and humanitarian aid. Rolls-Royce will project manage the work being carried out by RWG.

Scotland is also the centre of manufacturing for the Type-23 frigates and the new aircraft carriers. The frigates have been used for a variety of missions including operations in the South Atlantic and work securing trade routes.

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