AN engineering company based in an Oxfordshire town will spend the next seven years delivering and repairing engines for military ships.

Barrus, in Bicester, has signed a contract with the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) which will see it support around 1,100 boats within the current MoD in-service fleet.

The company will be responsible for looking after boats that are under 25 metres long, including Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs), Mexeflote landing-raft systems, workboats and planned future vessels.

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The contract will support 40 jobs within Barrus’s Engineering Centre and secure future roles both for young engineering students and the company’s graduate engineering intake programme in Oxfordshire.

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A further 80 jobs across the UK will benefit from the contract over the next seven years.

Robert Glen, Chairman of Barrus, said: “The award of this prestigious contract is recognition of Barrus’s reputation as the leading custom-engine builder.

“Our Research & Development Team work closely with the MoD to understand their specific requirements, and, utilising the latest technological advancements, deliver engineering solutions that match the demanding operating conditions of their in-service craft.”

The scope of the contract covers the supply, overhaul, and repair of all outboard engines, inboard diesel engines made by Japanese manufacturer Yanmar, post-design services and in-service support.

Barrus will work to cover operations in the UK as well as overseas involving the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army, Ministry of Defence Police, and Cadets.

James Melia, project manager for Defence Equipment and Support Boats Team, said: “Boats are an essential capability of the UK Armed Forces and are used for many different operations around the world, ensuring that our Navy has the reach it needs to protect our interests around the globe.

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"We are committed to ensuring that engines are effectively managed through every stage of their life cycle and our partnership with Barrus will provide critical support to this

"DE&S is proud to maintain excellent working relationships with Barrus, a valued industry supplier and we look forward to continuing to work together to support our front line with the equipment they need while also maintaining vital British skills and jobs.”

Barrus has a long-standing partnership with the MoD spanning over 75-years.

Over the years, Barrus has developed derivatives of the Post Immersion Restart PIRS® engines technologies.

As well as Post Immersion Restart PIRS® engines, Barrus will supply the latest Mariner mine hunting outboard engines and SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) certified engines - an exclusive in the industry.

Defence Minister, Jeremy Quin, said: “Our maritime industry continues to grow from strength to strength. This contract will secure an essential capability for our Armed Forces and support over 40 quality engineering jobs in Bicester, plus many more throughout the UK.”