Royal Saudi Navy Frigates to be Powered by American-Made Fairbanks Morse Engines

Eight FM | Colt-Pielstick engines to be developed by Fairbanks Morse in the United States will create American manufacturing jobs

WASHINGTON--()--Fairbanks Morse - an EnPro Industries company (NYSE: NPO) and leading provider of solutions that are powering the world forward - has been awarded a contract to deliver eight FM | Colt-Pielstick diesel engines to power four frigates for the Royal Saudi Navy. The purchase is a part of the Saudi Naval Expansion Program II which has been in the works for over a decade with a cost of about $20 billion.

“Fairbanks Morse has proudly built military-grade diesel engines for over seven decades from our manufacturing headquarters in the United States,” said Andrew Smith, director of Fairbanks Morse’s Marine Segment. “We’re pleased to have been selected for this project that will expand our global footprint while creating jobs that impact the local economy.”

The frigates that the engines will be powering are based on the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) used by the U.S. Navy. The two 16-cylinder FM | Colt-Pielstick PA6B STC diesel engines per ship will deliver over 12 MW of propulsion power and are among the largest medium speed diesel engines manufactured in the United States. The engines will begin to be manufactured in early 2019 with delivery scheduled for September 2020.

“The proposed sale will provide Saudi Arabia with an increased ability to meet current and future maritime threats from enemy weapon systems. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant ships will provide protection-in-depth for critical industrial infrastructure and for the sea lines of communication,” reads a U.S. State Department notification.

Each engine will be built at the Fairbanks Morse manufacturing facility in Beloit, Wisconsin, creating numerous jobs for American workers. For over 70 years, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard have turned to Fairbanks Morse to provide quality diesel engines for marine propulsion and ship service systems. Fairbanks Morse is the leading provider of propulsion diesel engines to the U.S. Navy.

Fairbanks Morse also announced today a multi-year $17.3 million contract to provide services to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) which will service military ships at sea and create jobs at our U.S.-based service centers. For opportunities to work at Fairbanks Morse, please contact us through our website:

About Fairbanks Morse Engine

For over 125 years, Fairbanks Morse has been powering the world forward with innovative distributed power generation solutions that deliver optimal performance in a wide range of applications from base load and standby in municipal, nuclear, and institutional facilities to locomotive engines, and naval and commercial-class ship propulsion and shipboard power. Reliable and dependable, its flagship Opposed Piston (OP) engine technology has been trusted for decades and has totaled over 100 million operating hours – many units with over 40 years of service. Learn more about how Fairbanks Morse is committed to delivering power where it is needed most in the world by visiting

About EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:NPO)

EnPro Industries, Inc. is a leader in sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings, components and service for reciprocating compressors, diesel and dual-fuel engines and other engineered products for use in critical applications by industries worldwide. For more information about EnPro, visit


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Release Summary

Fairbanks Morse engines to power Royal Saudi Navy Frigates.


Mercom Communications
Wendy Prabhu, 1-512-215-4452