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Rolls-Royce Defence contract to deliver support of MT30 and WR-21 marine engines of British Navy

According to information published on May 20, 2021, Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) to strengthen support for two key Royal Navy programs. The contract will enable both parties to work together to deliver ongoing support for Rolls-Royce MT30 and WR-21 marine engines.
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The contract which will run until 2026 will improve ongoing support for the Rolls-Royce MT30 engines that power the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) Aircraft Carriers. It also covers support of the WR-21 engines that power the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers.

In service with navies across the globe, the MT30 gas turbine alternators provide the power needed for the huge Aircraft Carriers to operate, turning the propellers that drive them through the water at speeds in excess of 25 knots and the other electrical services that enable the ships to operate.

The MT30 marine gas turbine has been specifically designed for 21st-century ships. This is important for the QEC program with a 50-year service life expectancy; a guarantee that the engine will be able to deliver the power demands of tomorrow, as operational requirements increase requiring new equipment and upgrades to weapon and radar systems.