Rolls-Royce signed an agreement with Textron Marine and Land Systems to equip promising American hovercraft (DPC) gas turbines MT7. They can be equipped 73 STOL project SSC (Ship-to-Shore Connector), which will come to replace the existing LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushion).
MT7 developed based on the AE1017 turboprop engine, which resettled tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey. According to the vice-president of marketing and business development of Rolls-Royce Naval Marine John Lovaza (John Lovasz), «this agreement is a great opportunity for us.» «When the U.S. Navy decided to build a new hovercraft, we looked closely at their design. Engine that we want to offer, is designed based on tiltrotor propulsion system, which is very well established itself, «he said. This engine of its size and power are eligible to equip the new hovercraft. He expressed confidence that the gas turbine tests will prove successful. He also explained that the tiltrotor engines and hovercraft will have a lot in common, which will significantly simplify the provision of spare parts and technical service. «This is a standard marine product that will be supported by us for many years to come,» said Vice President of Rolls-Royce Naval Marine.
It was also announced the development of water-jet engine for unmanned boats, jet diameter will be only 10 cm They will be equipped with modular remote-controlled coastal boats MUSCL (Modular Unmanned Surface Craft Littoral). This project is for the U.S. government developed by Candent Technologies.