MarineDiesel engines are often sold for highly specialized military applications. One frequent use is to equip small vessels used by commandos, like RHIBS or other small high speed craft.
These vessels experience operating environments and conditions that few other vessels will ever experience. This type of stress will easily destroy engines made by our competitors that were designed for recreational or pleasure use (Yet are often installed on these types of vessels anyway). Recreational engines are simply not designed to withstand the heavy use, extreme vertical acceleration and harsh climates that military or police boats experience even during “routine” missions.
All MarineDiesel engines are designed to be in compliance with both MILSPEC and NATO requirements. A quick glance at our engines will prove it. Notice small visual differences like better shielded wiring, and metal, rather than plastic, connectors, along with more robust seals and gaskets.
MILSPEC and NATO require extensive testing and verification. Of course, certification can get expensive (Unlike type approval, certificates are issued on a project by project basis.), but an engine that is in compliance is crucial to even obtaining these certificates. It is also critical that engine manufacturers are familiar with the process and know the steps to certification.
This brings us to the title of this short article. Yes, our engines can be (and HAVE BEEN) dropped successfully from aircraft, as the photos above show. One critical part of NATO and MILSPEC testing that often demolishes our competitors’ products is the ability to withstand the 30 g vertical acceleration experienced by an engine after being dropped by parachute. The boat pictured above is essentially useless if the engine will not start when it lands or, if the engines is started before dropping and it stalls. Both scenarios can easily spell mission failure if proven engines are not installed.
Of course, there are many other aspects to MILSPEC and NATO compliance besides vertical acceleration: You can read some of the NATO rules HERE.
However, since MarineDiesel has been engineered for this type of use, all MD customers benefit from this R&D, whether a water taxi, military boat, fishing boat, or ski boat.