The US Navy has awarded a contract to British engineering company Rolls Royce for supplying up to 10 gas turbines and water-jets for its Littoral Class Combat Ships.
US defence contractor Lockheed Martin already outsources some of its propulsion systems for its vessels and the new deal strengthens Rolls Royce’s existing relations with the US Navy. The current order has the option of being extended for another nine ships.
Neither parties disclosed the value of the deal, but sources say it could be worth a few hundred million pounds.
The US navy is understood to have ordered the MT 30 gas turbines, which has been chosen by the British Navy for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.
Rolls Royce has started the New Year on a positive note and has already signed a contract with the British Airways to supply 61 engines for aircrafts in a £3.15 billion deal.
The company supplies equipments to 70 navies, 160 armed forces and 600 airlines around the world.