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MTU’s Series 8000 is best in class with 12,200 bhp

  • Over one hundred 20V 8000 engines sold
  • Over 160,000 hours in combined operation
  • World-wide customer service network


DETROIT, July 25, 2008 – Since its introduction in 2000, MTU’s Series 8000 high-speed diesel engine has enabled Naval and Commercial shipbuilders to take their vessels to the next level in terms of performance and operating availability.


With over one hundred 20V 8000 engines sold, and with over 160,000 hours in combined operation, the world’s highest power to weight ratio in this power range has proved to be the low risk propulsion engine option for many of the world’s leading Navies and high-speed ferry operators.


Delivering up to 12,200 bhp (9100 kW) of continuous power, MTU’s Series 8000 has consistently set the performance benchmarks for fuel efficiency – less than 190g/kWh, while achieving IMO Marpol NOx emission certification. The 20V 8000 engine is now also available in a US EPA Tier II emission certified configuration.


In Naval applications, 56 of MTU’s Series 8000 engines have already been sold to power various patrol and support craft, as well as Frigate and Corvette class warships operated by the Singaporean, Danish and Omanian Navies.


Leading international shipbuilder, Austal Ships, has selected two 20V 8000 M91 Series diesels to power the 416 foot Littoral Combat Ship ‘Independence’ recently launched at their Mobile, Alabama, shipyard for evaluation by the US Navy.


MTU’s reputation for reliability has also proved attractive to commercial fast ferry operators around the world, with thirty one 20V 8000 Series currently operating in Hawaii, Greece, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Germany and the Canary Islands.


At the heart of the 20V 8000 Series success 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.



Individually designed to match the precise demands of each task, MTU propulsion systems play a vital role in enabling Naval forces and commercial operators to perform at their best, day in – day out.


High power density, low weight and compact design coupled with excellent mechanical and thermal resistances are intrinsic elements of MTU engines, while 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.


To support their product MTU offers a world-wide Logistics Support program that provides complete, custom-tailored service packages covering everything from parts and tools provisioning through to installation supervision and on-board training courses.


July 25, 2008 Posted by | Defense, Marine | , , , | 3 Comments

MTU Powers Deepwater National Security Cutter

·         U.S. Coast Guard’s first of class National Security Cutter successfully completes initial sea trials.

DETROIT, JANUARY 30, 2008 – MTU Detroit Diesel, the Propulsion Plant Single Source Vendor contractor for the U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater National Security Cutter (NSC) Program, working together with prime contractor Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has completed the first in a series of trials for the lead ship Bertholf (WMSL 750). The Bertholf is the first of eight planned cutters to be powered by a Combined Diesel and Gas Turbine (CODAG) propulsion plant that was specially designed and integrated for the vessel by MTU.

The CODAG propulsion plant consists of two MTU 20V 1163 TB93 diesel engines each rated at 7,400 kW (9,925 hp) and a single General Electric LM2500 marine gas turbine engine rated at 22,000 kW (29,500 hp). The engines are connected through the CODAG reduction and combining gear system to the dual shaft-lines with controllable reversible pitch propellers. With all three engines working together the total combined output of the plant is 36,800 kW (49,350 hp). The propulsion plant and its auxiliaries are all controlled and monitored by an MTU provided automation system.

“This will be the largest, most technologically advanced high endurance cutter ever to enter U.S. Coast Guard service” said Phil Wasinger, Managing Director for MTU Detroit Diesel’s Washington Office. “The MTU team are proud to have completed a successful sea trial on this advanced propulsion system.”

The 418-foot cutter’s propulsion system when in full CODAG operation allows the ship to achieve speeds in excess of 28 knots and can easily make 18 knots when operating economically in single diesel engine mode. These speeds meet and exceed all of the Coast Guard operational requirements for this new cutter class, while the operating flexibility of the propulsion system allows for exceptional endurance and affords reduced lifecycle cost.

The Bertholf completed the Machinery Trials in December of 2007. Next up are Builder Trials scheduled for mid-February followed by Acceptance Trials in March. The Bertholf is scheduled to be turned over to the Coast Guard soon after Acceptance Trials and will then transit to it’s homeport in Alameda, California.

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Cool Stuff, Defense | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


 MTU Detroit Diesel has unveiled its latest offering for the defense market, the Series 106 diesel engine family for trucks and light armored vehicles (LAV). These engines available in four- and six-cylinder in-line versions produce between 100-325 horsepower and are rated the lightest in their power class.

The Series 106 has already been proven in military applications. The engines come equipped with electronic engine management systems, direct injection, turbocharging and air-to-air charge air cooling.  The engines have wet weights of only 917 lbs. for the 4R and 1,248 lbs. for the 6R. Both are compatible with diesel and jet fuel and have passed NATO 400-hour testing.

“These are commercial, off-the-shelf engines currently in high-volume serial production,” said Tedd Grulke, Director of Defense Sales. “MTU Detroit Diesel has a long-term perspective on the defense business, so we will be making this engine for some time to come.”

The Series 106 engine family will be manufactured both in the United States and Germany, and is currently being demonstrated in the Combat Tactical Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (CTVTD) at the Nevada Automotive Test Center. 

October 9, 2007 Posted by | Defense | Leave a comment

MTU Detroit Diesel 5R890 Successfully Tested for US Army FCS

The newest member of the MTU Series 890 family had a successful initial run on a test bench at the company facilities in Friedrichshafen, Germany in September 2006.  The in-line, five-cylinder diesel engine, 5R890 (MT 895), is rated at 590 horsepower (440 kW) at 4,250 rpm. This configuration will be used in the US Army Future Combat Systems Manned Ground Vehicle.

Since the initial run, the company has built, tested and delivered four 5R890 engines with plans to produce eight more by December 2009.  In addition to the many engineering verification tests accomplished, HALT (highly accelerated life testing) and cold testing has been initiated in 2007 and is currently ongoing.

The Series 890 family takes power density to new levels for conventional diesel engines. The demonstrated design targets are one kilowatt of power per kilogram of weight, coupled with the smallest possible external dimensions. The engine uses all of the available packaging space for integrating oil system components within the crankcase, resulting in straight line exterior contours. The crankcase and pistons are made of aluminum to reduce weight, while the cylinder heads are cast iron and the connecting rods and crankshaft are made of steel to increase strength.

The five-cylinder configuration joins the other family members now on test or in the hands of customers, including the V10 in the German Army Puma; the V6 for US Army Tank Automotive R&D Center, and the in-line 4 used in Rheinmetall Landsysteme GeFas vehicle. Through September 2007, the total running hours of the series 890 engines now add up to nearly 7,000 hours with the 5R890 accounting for approximately 1,000 of these.

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Defense, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

MTU Detroit Diesel: A Present Day Salute to a Past Military Hero & Series 700

Florida Detroit Diesel and FMCAirport Systems pay homage to an American legend.

During the blockade following World War II, an ace transport pilot and inventive philanthropist took on the legendary persona of the ‘candy bomber,’ as he dropped more than 250,000 small parachutes filled with candy down to the children of Berlin.

As word of this inventive goodwill effort spread, support grew throughout the United States for the Airlifters and their goal to keep
Berlin free from Soviet power. The creative act of kindness inspired generations of aircrews and developed a future for humanitarian airlift.
Colonel Gail S. Halvorsen, the famed Berlin Airlift “Candy Bombere”, has now been immortalized in several ways, and when it was time to replace the archaic 60’s and 70’s technology for loading and unloading modern aircraft,  he was respected further with the presentation of the Halvorsen Loader, built by FMC Airport Systems in Orlando, Florida for the Air Mobility Command of the United States Air Force.

The fame and recognition that accompanied the inventive acts of Col. Halvorsen led to his service as a diplomat toGermany, a role he continues to enjoy today without personal compensation. “I think it’s quite an honor,” said Pete Orser from Florida Detroit Diesel Allison. “They normally don’t name this kind of thing after a person while they’re still alive.”

The 25,000 pound capacity, next-generation small cargo loader was selected by the U.S. Air Force to replace all of its existing 25K capacity machines. The first of a new generation of Air Force loaders, the Halvorsen is capable of deployment in less than 30 minutes and can be transported on even the smallest of military cargo aircraft.

Powered by a Detroit Diesel Series 700 six cylinder, turbocharged 4-cycle engine and an Allison four-speed automatic transmission, the Halvorsen Loader is able to travel at 17 mph and can climb longitudinal grades of up to 10 degrees.  

In developing this highly advanced piece of machinery, FMC engineers focused on operational capability, efficient maintenance, and a proven reliability. The loader can reach heights ranging from 39 inches to 222 inches, unparalleled by any other loader available, and is the first small loader capable of reaching the cargo doors of both military and commercial aircraft.     

Also heralded for the maneuverability provided by hydraulic power steering, the Halvorsen can execute a 180° turn on a 50-foot taxiway.  The loader’s ease of operation is further complimented by its unequaled efficiency. Powered by nine proportional control power convey modules, its capable of moving cargo pallets at speeds of up to 90 feet per minute.  

Proven to meet or exceed all USAF requirements, the Halvorsen is engineered to stand up to the punishment of steady military use in highly diverse locations and conditions. The Air Force employs the loader in two different applications.  It is commonly used in air cargo operations at air bases, and it is also utilized by mobile airlift support units known as Air Mobility Squadrons, which deploy the loaders wherever and whenever they are needed.  Today, the Halvorsen Loader has become the backbone of the Global Reach airlift 463-L pallet movement system and is deployed in operations worldwide.

Col. Halvorsen’s legacy is a product of his lifelong love of flying and serving his country, and it’s no surprise that he is a decorated member of the Airlift/Tanker Hall of Fame.

“I think it’s a great way to honor Col. Halvorsen,” said Orser, “And it’s a perfect name for these versatile loaders.”

March 30, 2007 Posted by | Defense | Leave a comment