Fairbanks Morse - an EnPro Industries company - has been awarded a contract to deliver eight FM | Colt-Pielstick diesel engines to power four frigates for the Royal Saudi Navy. The purchase is a part of the Saudi Naval Expansion Program II which has been in the works for over a decade with a cost of about $20 billion.
The frigates that the engines will be powering are based on the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) used by the U.S. Navy. The two 16-cylinder FM | Colt-Pielstick PA6B STC diesel engines per ship will deliver over 12 MW of propulsion power and are among the largest medium speed diesel engines manufactured in the United States. The engines will begin to be manufactured in early 2019 with delivery scheduled for September 2020.
The 16-cylinder FM | Colt-Pielstick PA6B STC is a 20.32L, 4-stroke diesel with a 280 mm cylinder bore and 330 mm piston stroke. It produces 6,840 kWm at 1,050 rpm. To date there are more than 840 engines in operation throughout the world.
“The proposed sale will provide Saudi Arabia with an increased ability to meet current and future maritime threats from enemy weapon systems. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships will provide protection-in-depth for critical industrial infrastructure and for the sea lines of communication,” reads a U.S. State Department notification.
Each engine will be built at the Fairbanks Morse manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin. The company has a long history of designing and building maritime powerplants. For over 70 years they've been supplying the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard with diesel engines for marine propulsion and ship service systems. Fairbanks Morse, in fact, is the leading provider of propulsion diesel engines to the U.S. Navy.
Fairbanks Morse also announced today a multi-year $17.3 million contract to provide services to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) which will service military ships at sea and create jobs at their U.S.-based service centers.
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