Fairbanks Morse Defense Launches High-Speed Engine for Unmanned Naval Platforms

With high power density, the nForcer FM 175D is best suited to support the substantial power and propulsion needs of the Navy's unmanned programs By Phoebe Grinter / 16 Jan 2023
nForcer FM 175D Engine

Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) is expanding its naval defense capabilities with the release of the nForcer FM 175D engine, the defense contractor’s first engine designed for high-speed applications. 

With high power density, the nForcer FM 175D is best suited to support the substantial power and propulsion needs of the US Navy’s unmanned programs.

The nForcer FM 175D engine will be available with 12, 16, or 20 cylinders and includes a 175-millimeter bore for mechanical or electric propulsion for onboard power generation. It operates at 1,800 – 2,000 RPMs and has a power output rating of 1,740 – 4,400 kW, making it one of the most powerful high-speed engines on the market.

FMD anticipates the nForcer FM 175D engine will be ready to integrate with naval fleets within the next two years.

“The Navy’s future fleet will be electric, and the power requirements for each vessel to support advanced weapons and detection systems alongside standard operations will be greater than anything else we’ve seen over the past 20-30 years,” said George Whittier, FMD CEO. “Fairbanks Morse Defense has provided the Navy with some of the most trusted power and propulsion systems on the planet for nearly 100 years, making us uniquely qualified to support the Navy’s future efforts to protect the freedom of the seas with this high-speed engine.”

Find suppliers and manufacturers of Engines and Propulsion Systems for unmanned systems>>

Posted by Phoebe Grinter Unmanned Systems Technology’s digital editor and copywriter Phoebe takes a fresh and enthusiastic approach to researching, writing and posting the latest unmanned technology updates, and in managing the UST social channels. Connect & Contact