MTU engines will be put through their paces in Adelaide as part of an ongoing research and development activity.
Australia’s sovereign submarine company, ASC, and Penske Power Systems have announced their intention to enter into an agreement to test MTU engines at ASC’s engine test facilities in Adelaide.
ASC interim chief executive Stuart Whiley is confident having ASC commissioned to conduct independent testing of submarine diesel engines would benefit the nation’s sovereign submarine capability.
"As Australia’s leading sovereign capability on submarine platforms, associated equipment, systems and suppliers, it is important for ASC to establish and grow collaborative partnerships with other industry-leading organisations," Whiley said at the Pacific 2017 maritime industry exhibition in Sydney.
"By conducting independent tests on behalf of Penske, ASC engineers will have unique opportunity to strengthen their knowledge about diesel engines operating against submarine specific requirements, and draw on their knowledge about the challenges of the Australian context."
Penske national manager, defence programmes group, Roger Gleeson said the organisation worked closely with the defence sector to provide customised propulsion and power generation solutions, along with life of type logistic support for defence combatants.
"We are excited at this collaborative opportunity to bolster research and capability development by working with ASC to independently test our diesel engines," Gleeson said.
"ASC has an enviable reputation for achieving better-than-benchmark performance in its core Collins Class submarine maintenance operations, and we appreciate the opportunity to access the unique expertise and experience of ASC’s highly-skilled workforce and testing facilities."
MTU's 12V4000U83 submarine engine was on show at Pacific after being in development for eight years. Penske was also revealed as the successful recipient of a $78 million contract to deliver diesel maintenance and support services for the Australian Defence Force in April this year.