FMD to Build Engines for US Navy’s 16th San Antonio-Class LPD

Huntington Ingalls Industries has awarded Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) a contract to produce and deliver four main propulsion diesel engines to power the US Navy’s 16th San Antonio-class vessel LPD 32.

Each engine features FMD-developed common rail technology that allows the amphibious transport ship to emit fewer carbon emissions while also enhancing fuel efficiency.

“For many decades, the engineers and entrepreneurs who built Fairbanks Morse Defense have been proving the quality of our engines while improving real-world results,” FMD CEO George Whittier said.

The US Navy previously contracted FMD to install the same technology on the San Antonio-class USS Harrisburg (LPD30) and USS Pittsburgh (LPD31).

“Today, the US fleet and its allies rely on our onboard solutions for global technical support to maximize mission confidence, which is why we remain as committed as ever to designing, developing and delivering the best naval power and propulsion systems on the planet,” Whittier said.

LPD 32 Development

FMD’s engine contract follows the $240 million advance procurement deal the US Navy granted Ingalls for the LPD 32 program in June.

The funds will be utilized to procure “long-lead time material and major equipment across a supplier network of nearly 400 companies in 30 states,” according to Ingalls Shipbuilding President Kari Wilkinson.

Ingalls has delivered 12 San Antonio-class vessels to the US Navy to date.

Once completed, LPD 32 will serve as the navy’s third San Antonio-class ship in the next-generation LPD Flight II configuration.

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