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Rolls-Royce Unveils Autonomous Naval Vessel Concept

Rolls-Royce Unveils Autonomous Naval Vessel Concept - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Rolls-Royce Unveils Autonomous Naval Vessel Concept - top government contractors - best government contracting eventRolls-Royce has released its concept of a naval vessel designed to operate autonomously and perform single-role missions such as patrol, surveillance, fleet screening and mine detection.

The company said Tuesday it envisions the ship displacing 771.6 tons and traveling at a speed of more than 25 knots beyond the horizon for more than 100 days.

Rolls-Royce aims to integrate a power dense propulsion system, two company-made MTU 4000 Series gensets, small gas turbines, permanent magnet Azipull thrusters, energy storage and photovoltaic solar panels into the vessel.

Benjamin Thorp, general manager of Rolls-Royce’s naval electrics, automation and control business, said the company has observed multiple navies showing interest in autonomous ships.

“Over the next 10 years or so, Rolls-Royce expects to see the introduction of medium sized unmanned platforms, particularly in leading navies, as the concept of mixed manned and unmanned fleets develops,” Thorp added.

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Written by Nichols Martin

a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, produces articles on the federal government's technology and business interests. The coverage of these articles include government contracting, cybersecurity, information technology, health care and national security.

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