We have a long-standing history of dependability and support for our country. The Army has stated that it plans to keep 2-Cycle powered vehicles in use through 2050, and we want to be there to support them.
Redford, MI (PRWEB) October 7, 2008
MTU Detroit Diesel, the leading supplier of heavy duty diesel engines to the United States Army, announced today that it will continue to support the Army's legions of Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines. The most concrete example of this support was evidenced last month in the form of a 2-Cycle parts contract that began in September 2008 with optional extensions through 2013.
Since World War II, MTU Detroit Diesel and its forerunner companies have been providing engines to the United States military. It is estimated that the U.S. Army accounts for nearly 10% of the three million 2-Cycle engines that the company has produced since 1938. While the Army is currently MTU's largest customer in terms of new 2-Cycle engines, there have also been a large number of 2-Cycle engines used by the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines, as well as allied nations.
"In the company's early days as GM Diesel, we were almost exclusively dedicated to building diesel engines to fight World War II," explained MTU's director of defense sales, Tedd Grulke. "We have a long-standing history of dependability and support for our country. The Army has stated that it plans to keep 2-Cycle powered vehicles in use through 2050, and we want to be there to support them." MTU Detroit Diesel will furthermore be the partner of the US Army for delivering all spare parts for 2-Cycle engines.
"Our work with the military benefits both the government and industry customers alike," continued Grulke. "Given that we will have the infrastructure in place to support the 2-Cycle engines for the military, it follows that we will also be in the business to support all of the 2-Cycle engines out there in commercial and industrial use as well."
MTU Detroit Diesel 2-Cycle engines are the power behind many of the vehicles currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan including the M113 and M109 families of armored vehicles, as well as the HEMTT, PLS and HET heavy trucks.
MTU is also at the forefront of new development for military applications, such as the Army's Future Combat Systems (FCS) modernization project. The company was awarded a contract for engine development to power these vehicles with its Series 890 four-cycle engine. The first pilots are now running in demonstration vehicles with many more to follow.
MTU Detroit Diesel, Inc. is the North American regional headquarters of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, one of the world's most important providers of diesel engines and drive and propulsion systems for ships, heavy-duty land and rail vehicles, and decentralized power plants. It offers a complete line of power solutions from 30 to 12,200 bhp (20 to 9,100 kW) for applications in the marine, rail, power generation, oil and gas, agriculture, mining, construction and industrial, and defense markets. MTU Detroit Diesel is part of the Tognum MTU Engines division. http://www.mtu online.com
Tognum is one of the world's leading suppliers of high speed diesel engines and complete propulsion systems for ships, heavy land and rail vehicles and of industrial drive systems as well as decentralized power plants. It is set-up in the two divisions: MTU Engines and Tognum Onsite Energy Systems and Components. Its product portfolio includes diesel engines in the power range from 20 to 9,100 kW, gas engine systems, gas turbines and fuel cells and is one of the most modern and comprehensive in its sector. In addition, the group develops and manufactures custom-made electronic control and monitoring systems for its engines and propulsion systems. Sales of the Tognum Group amounted to more than EUR 2.8 billion in 2007. By the end of 2007, the Tognum Group employed approximately 8,200 personnel worldwide. It maintains a global sales and distribution network including 22 subsidiaries, more than 130 distribution partners and 1,100 authorized dealers.