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Rolls-Royce to Provide Military Generators for Watchkeeper Programme

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to provide electric power generators for the UK Armed Forces’ Watchkeeper programme.

Under the contract, worth £1.2 million, Rolls-Royce will supply tactical military generators to Marshall Specialist Vehicles Ltd, who are ground control station shelter integrators on the U-TacS / Thales-led programme.

The Rolls-Royce tactical military generators power the network of ground control stations which receive data from an unmanned air vehicle (UAV). Watchkeeper has 24/7 surveillance capability and the generators can be run in parallel to provide clean, uninterruptible power, even while field maintenance is carried out.

Watchkeeper will provide an essential intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability and will be a key component of the UK's Battlespace Network Enabled Capability (NEC).

Jim Vickerman, Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Distributed Generation Systems, said: “Supplying power that will keep such an important ISTAR system in operation is a vital role and I am pleased that our capabilities in battlefield power have been recognised through this award”.

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