The much anticipated new British aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are to feature Rolls-Royce propulsion after the iconic English engineering firm won a £96 million contract.
Rolls-Royce will supply its MT30 gas turbines as well as other parts including rudders and electrics. The parts will be engineered at the firm’s Bristol base.
‘The contract is recognition of our ability to supply a wide range of power and propulsion equipment as part of a fully integrated system,” said Marine president John Paterson. “The contract is the third major naval programme to be powered by the MT30, as the engine has already been selected for the Lockheed Martin version of the Littoral Combat Ship and DDG-1000 destroyer, both for the US Navy.”
The two ships are due for their maiden voyage in 2014 and 2016 respectively.