Diesel engine to limit hazards on Navy boats

Posted on 18 Feb 2013

The MoD will continue to fund the creation of a new diesel engine for the Royal Navy’s rigid inflatable craft, it was announced.

The prototype is being developed by Cox Powertrain in partnership with engineering R&D company Ricardo. The project has also been supported by £6.7 million of private investment.

The outboard engine will limit the use of petrol at sea, which is expected to reduce the risk of fires and explosions while overcoming potential logistical problems that may result from different the presence of supply lines – in complex situations when more than one type of fuel is needed (for ships, small boats and aircraft).