Roll-Royce to power new Italian Navy high-speed vessels
- Equipment & technology
Italian Navy’s two new high-speed vessels, designed and built by Intermarine (Immsi Group), will be featuring Rolls-Royce engines and waterjets, the engine manufacturer announced.
Intermarine’s Sarzana shipyard recently began the construction of two high-speed multi-purpose units (UNPAV). They are more than 40 metres long, 8 metres wide and powered by three MTU 2000 series diesel engines connecting to three Kamewa S4 water jets.
The UNPAV will be used by the Operational Incursion Group (Gruppo Operativo Incursori or G.O.I), the Special Forces of the Italian Navy. The vessels will increase their capacity to strengthen maritime traffic control, combat human trafficking, undertake counter terror and anti-piracy operations and evacuate personnel from crisis areas.
Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, president – naval said: “We are proud to have been chosen to provide the best technologies for missions such as these. We invest to develop solutions best suited for just such complex naval operations as those undertaken by the GOI.”
The collaboration between Intermarine and Rolls-Royce continues with minesweeper programmes, for which Rolls-Royce provides stainless steel controllable pitch propellers from Kamewa, driven by MTU engines designed to be anti-magnetic and shock resistant. Rolls-Royce will also provide Tenfjord type steering gear.
“In Rolls-Royce we have a partner dedicated to understanding the needs of our client and capable of very competitive solutions,” said . “Intermarine designs and builds military vessels in composite materials, aluminium and steel. The company’s composite Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMVs) are globally renowned and its fast patrol boats have been supplied to many of the most important navies in the world,” Livio Corghi, CEO of Intermarine, said.