The British multinational Rolls-Royce is responsible for providing propulsion for the new light combat tank M10 Booker in the United States Army Obtained from the model Ascod co-developed in Spain and Austria. The company has already delivered the first machine PEOPLE 8V 199 Powerpack a General Dynamics, manufacturer of these tanks. In total, the company will deliver up to 96 of these plants into production as part of the so-called initial low-rate production phase (LRIPLater, more units are expected to arrive as the program moves into serial production itself.
The planned schedule assumes that this LRIP of M10 Booker will be extended until 2025 and production will begin in 2026, “pending the results of the LRIP tests,” the manufacturer clarified.
For the Defense Director of Rolls-Royce Solutions America (American subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems) Scott Hanson, this delivery “marks an important milestone for us, as it represents the first series production MTU engine to power a US Army ground defense program.” In addition, it was, he recalled, the Army’s “first newly designed tracked vehicle to be used in more than four decades.”
The new M10 Booker designed by General Dynamics of the Earth System (GDLS) is a direct-fire combat vehicle described by Rolls Royce as “highly lethal, mobile, and survivable.” It’s a platform that combines recently developed and combat-proven designs “to dominate ground threats on multiple battlefields.”
Each M10 Booker has a crew of four and is equipped with an improved thermal scope, a large caliber cannon, and a light hull and turret. The aforementioned propulsion plant is responsible for propulsion. MAN 8V 199which gives 600 kW (800 h.p) power. It is a solution “designed from the beginning for capacity improvement, based on future operational requirements,” explains the manufacturer.
The German subsidiary of Rolls Royce that handles these engines, MTU Solutions, reports that its 199 series is the best-selling armored combat vehicle engine in its power class. These are six- and eight-cylinder engines characterized “by higher power combined with lower weight and volume.” The propulsion plant of M10 Booker “includes the engine, transmission, cooling system, air filtration, power system, preheating equipment, power management and integrated vehicle features.” The manufacturer describes it as a “compact, highly integrated and very flexible” solution, and can adapt “precisely to the individual vehicle and mission profile.”
Over 2,500 armored vehicles
MTU thrusters Series 199 and Powerpack Rolls-Royce currently power more than 2,500 light armored vehicles serving the various armed forces, the company explained. “Versions of this engine have proven effective in many armored vehicles, including the Spanish Pizarrothe Austrian ULA+N (both based on Ascod), the German fighter, and the Polish OPAL“. They are also ready to operate more vehicles from the countries of I’LL TAKE ITAs in Ajax (also taken from Ascod) and the fighter in the British Army. In addition to the Aiken factory in the American state of South Carolina, where these engines are made, Rolls-Royce also manufactures them at its manufacturing facilities in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and East Grinstead, in the United Kingdom.
Rolls Royce, which last year generated revenues of 12.69 billion pounds (almost 15.54 billion euros at current exchange rates), is currently developing an increase in power for the previous top model of the MTU series. 199. she 8V 199 TE23 Thus it can provide 800 kW of power “to guarantee the best possible off-road mobility even for heavier vehicles.”