Tognum Delivers Engines for High Speed Catamaran of US Army and Navy
Tognum recently received a major order for its Engines business unit to deliver four large diesel engines to the US-shipyard Austal USA (Mobile, Alabama).
These MTU 20V 8000 M71L engines will be used as main propulsion engines for the first of ten planned high speed catamarans of the U.S. armed forces - called Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). They are rated at 9,100 kW each. The contract includes options for nine additional vessels, totalling 36 engines of the same type, expected to be exercised between 2009 and 2013.
The JHSV-catamaran is the Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform, which will be operated jointly by both the United States Army and Navy. The 103-metre (338-foot) vessel will be capable of transporting troops and their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief efforts, operating in shallow waters and reaching speeds in excess of 35 knots fully loaded.
Austal USA was named as Prime Contractor for the JHSV-project in November 2008. The aluminum catamaran design of the JHSV will be similar to that of the Austal-built fast ferries for Hawaii Superferry, also powered by MTU Series 8000 engines. The 416- foot Littoral Combat Ship “Independence”, which was built by Austal USA for the U.S. Navy, is among the military vessels powered by MTU Series 8000 engines.
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