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 US 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.
Each engine will be built at the Fairbanks Morse manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin: “Fairbanks Morse has proudly built military-grade diesel engines for over seven decades from our manufacturing headquarters in the United States,” added Andrew Smith, director of Fairbanks Morse’s Marine Segment.
Fairbanks Morse has also recently announced a multi-year $17.3 million contract to provide services to the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) which will service military ships at sea and create jobs at its US-based service centers.