MTU Awarded JHSV Propulsion Contract

MTU Series 8000 to power first U.S. Department of Defense JHSV; Potential for up to nine additional vessels; Continued strong association and support of Austal USA

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Detroit, Mich (PRWEB) March 19, 2009

MTU, the global leader in marine power and propulsion systems, recently received a multi-million dollar contract from Austal USA to provide main propulsion engines for the U.S. Department of Defense's Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). MTU will provide four 20V 8000 M71L engines rated at 9.1 MW each.

The JHSV 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 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 thanks to its four MTU Series 8000 engines.

Austal USA was named as Prime Contractor for the JHSV in November 2008. The contract includes options for nine additional vessels, totalling 36 20V 8000 M71L engines, expected to be exercised between 2009 and 2013.

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 excellent performance of the Series 8000 engine coupled with MTU's long-standing relationship with Austal USA resulted in the selection of MTU for this high profile project -- the largest in Austal history.

"MTU has developed a strong bond with Austal USA that spans several years and multiple vessels," stated George Kampstra, MTU Program Manager for Marine Defense Applications. "We've worked together on everything from fast ferries to yachts to military vessels with great success. This latest contract is further testimonial to the trust that Austal has put in us and our Series 8000 product. It also speaks highly of the great working relationship we've built with the team at Austal USA."

Delivering up to 9.1 MW of continuous power, MTU's Series 8000 engine has set the standard for high speed marine diesel engines with the world's highest power to weight ratio in its power range. Its exceptional reliability and fuel efficiency has made the MTU Series 8000 the engine of choice for many of the world's leading navies and high-speed ferry operators. 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.

At the heart of the Series 8000 success story is proven performance coupled with state of the art technology that includes Common Rail Fuel Injection - which delivers maximum efficiency throughout the power range, Sequential Turbo-charging - which ensures fast acceleration and rapid response, and the latest Electronic Engine Management Control System - which delivers constant monitoring of the engine and gearbox operating parameters.

High power density, low weight and compact design coupled with excellent mechanical and thermodynamic properties are intrinsic elements of MTU engines. Their simple operation, ease of maintenance, low life-cycle costs and proven performance in a wide range of applications have made them the high speed diesel of choice in the 10,000 hp to 13,000 hp range.

MTU is currently completing certification to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Naval Vessel Rules for its Series 8000 engine. Certification is anticipated in time for delivery of the first JHSV to the U.S. Navy in late 2011. The JHSV will be built at Austal USA's shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

Figure 1: MTU's long-standing history of support for U.S. marine defense applications.

Figure 2: The 338-foot aluminum catamaran JHSV powered by four MTU 20V8000 engines rated at 9.1 MW each.

About MTU
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 MTU Engines division of Tognum AG. http://www.mtu online.com

About Tognum
With its two business units, "Engines" and "Onsite Energy & Components", the Tognum Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of engines, propulsion systems and distributed energy systems. These products are based on diesel engines with up to 9,100 kilowatts (kW) power output, gas engines up to 2,000 kW, fuel cells up to 363 kW and gas turbines up to 50,000 kW.

The product portfolio of the "Engines" business unit comprises MTU engines and propulsion systems for ships, for heavy agricultural, rail and military vehicles, and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio of the "Onsite Energy & Components" business unit includes distributed energy systems of the brand MTU Onsite Energy, fuel-injection systems from L'Orange, and drive shafts from Rotorion. The energy systems comprise diesel engines for emergency power generation, basic and peak load, and cogeneration power plants based on gas engines, fuel cells and gas turbines that generate both electricity and heat.
In 2007, Tognum generated revenue of more than €2.8 billion and employs approximately 8,600 people. With 26 fully consolidated subsidiaries, more than 130 sales partners and 1,100 authorized dealers, Tognum's sales and service structure has a global reach. The shares of Tognum AG (ISIN: DE000A0N4P43) have been listed in the MDAX share index since 2007.

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