21 March 2005

MoD awards Rolls-Royce £137m support contract


The Ministry of Defence today awarded Rolls-Royce a £137m Contractor Logistic Support contract for the in-service support of Olympus and Tyne gas turbine engines used on the Royal Navy’s Carriers, Type 22 Frigates and Type 42 Destroyers.

The Olympus and Tyne engines are also used by the Belgian, French and Royal Netherlands’ Navies, and under this contract, Rolls-Royce will also provide support to their ships.

The contract, awarded by the Defence Logistic Organisation’s Warships Support Agency, covers the provision of a complete support package for the engines until they go out of service, approximately 12 years from now.

During a visit to Rolls-Royce Ansty today to announce the contract award, Minister for Defence Procurement Lord Bach said:

“I am very pleased that this new Contractor Logistics Support contract has been agreed. The contract will help sustain 100 jobs at Rolls-Royce facilities at Bristol and Coventry and will save taxpayers some £14m over conventional support arrangements.

“These arrangements will provide long term benefits to both industry and MoD. Industry will be better able to plan for the long term rather than piecemeal, and the MoD benefits by making the best use of industry’s expertise in the support of complex equipment with far less bureaucracy, saving money that can be better used to provide improved support elsewhere.”

The Olympus, based on the same engine as used on Concorde, and Tyne engines entered service in the early 1970s and are used to power ships such as HMS Edinburgh and HMS Cornwall and the carriers HMS Ark Royal, HMS Illustrious and HMS Invincible.

Notes to Editors

1. Type 42 Destroyers form the backbone of the Royal Navy's anti-air capability. They are equipped with the Sea Dart medium range air defence missile system, which in its primary role is designed to provide area air defence to a group of ships, although it is also effective against surface targets at sea. Type 42 warships are powered by two Rolls-Royce Tyne Engines, which give a cruising speed of 18 knots, and two Rolls-Royce Olympus engines for high speed running at 31 knots.

2. Originally designed as specialist anti-submarine platform, the Type 22 Frigates have evolved into a powerful surface combatant with substantial anti-surface, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft weapons systems. Type 22 frigates are powered by two Rolls-Royce Tyne engines, which give a cruising speed of 18 knots.

3. The carriers Ark Royal, Illustrious and Invincible use four Olympus engines to give a top speed of 30 knots.

4. The Olympus engines are also installed on board the French Georges Leygues-class, the Belgian Wielingen-class and the Dutch L-class frigates. The latter, similar to the RN Type 42 Destroyers, are also equipped with Tyne engines.

5. Photographs are available upon request.

6. For further information, please contact Brian Sheehan or Stuart Campbell, DLO Press Office, on tel: 01225 468819 / 467148.  For further information about Rolls-Royce, please contact Bill O’Sullivan on 01332 248906.


Issued by DLO Press Office.

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Last Updated: 20 Apr 05