Rolls-Royce has formed an alliance with Canadian group CAE to co-operate on major United Kingdom naval projects. The new agreement means the two groups will work together to offer an enhanced systems integration service on naval programmes. Under the alliance, CAE will provide the naval automation expertise for integration projects with Rolls-Royce providing the electric propulsion expertise.
Both companies are already working closely on the UK Royal Navy's Astute class nuclear submarine programme and will extend this co-operation on future projects such as the planned Type 45 batch of destroyers which are due to enter service in 2007. CAE also provides digital control systems for two Rolls-Royce marine propulsion engines, the Spey SM1C and the new WR-21 Intercooled Recuperated gas turbine.
Dr Saul Lanyado, President-Marine for Rolls-Royce said: "The combined strength of Rolls-Royce and CAE in both naval control and propulsion systems will offer broad ranging integration expertise on major naval projects."
Rashid Khan, Executive Vice President, Marine Control Division, CAE said:" We are delighted to have formed this alliance with Rolls-Royce which is the key player in the UK naval propulsion market. This agreement will bring considerable benefits to naval programmes and strengthens the position of both companies."