Rolls-Royce introduces first UK assembled mtu 8V 199 engine

Posted on September 12, 2023

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  • East Grinstead site becomes assembly location for engines destined for future Boxer mechanized infantry vehicle for the British Army.
  • Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems presents itself at the DSEI exhibition in London from 12 to 15 September.

Rolls-Royce completes the first mtu eight-cylinder series 199 engine to be manufactured in the UK. The facility for the assembly and load testing of these engines, which are intended to power the Boxer vehicles for the British Army, is now fully operational at the plant in East Grinstead (West Sussex). Rolls-Royce will be showcasing this engine and its full range of products for land and naval forces on its stand at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London from 12-15 September.  

The test run of the first mtu 8V199 TE21 assembled in the UK with an output of 600 kW is now complete. The production of these special engines for military applications in the UK is part of the agreement for the delivery of the Boxer vehicle programme. The "Boxer" is a highly protected 8x8 wheeled vehicle whose modular architecture allows for an exceptionally high number of variants. So far, about 1,500 wheeled vehicles have been ordered, including for Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia.  

The mtu series 199 is the best-selling tank engine in its power class. The 6- and 8-cylinder engines of the mtu 199 series are characterised by particularly high power combined with especially low weight and volume. Apart from the "Boxer", the mtu series 199 also powers other armoured vehicles in this size class.The Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems manufactures the engines at three locations: in Friedrichshafen (Germany), East Grinstead (U.K.) and Aiken (USA).  

Rolls-Royce is currently developing a variant of the mtu series 199 with even higher power output - 800 kW compared with the current 600 kW - to ensure best possible off-road mobility even for heavier vehicles.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

  1. Rolls-Royce develops and delivers complex power and propulsion solutions for safety-critical applications in the air, at sea and on land. Our products and service packages enable our customers to connect people, societies, cultures and economies together; they meet the growing need for power generation across multiple industries; and enable governments to equip their armed forces with the power to protect.
  2. Rolls-Royce has a presence in 48 countries and customers in more than 150, comprising over 250 commercial large aero engine customers, 160 armed forces and navies and approximately 40,000 active Power Systems customers. We are committed to becoming a net zero company by 2050 and we support our customers to do the same.
  3. Annual underlying revenue was £15.4bn in 2023, underlying operating profit was £1.6bn and free cash flow £1.3bn.  
  4. Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is publicly traded company (LSE: RR., ADR: RYCEY, LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69).
  5. Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs more than 10,500 people. The product portfolio includes mtu-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. The portfolio also includes diesel and gas systems and battery containers for mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids. With its climate friendly technologies, Rolls-Royce Power Systems is helping to drive the energy transition.


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