Caterpillar Marine Announces New Cat® C280 Upgrade Program for Government and Defense Customers

New Cat® C280 Upgrade Program Supports Customers with Improved Efficiency and Increased Mission-readiness

October 2022

Houston, Texas – Following the launch of the Cat® C280-16 propulsion engine, Caterpillar Marine has announced the release of the new C280-12 engine for Governmental and Defense applications. With a new power increase of up to 10% on the C280-12 and up to 6% on the C280-16, this upgrade program offers renewed support for customers’ emerging operational and power needs. Both the C280-12 and C280-16 models provide better power to weight, improved efficiency, a reduction in visible emissions, and increased reliability.

"We are excited to bring the new C280 into the global Governmental and Defense industry. The program clearly demonstrates our ambition to continue to provide expanded solutions into the toughest applications - Frigates, Corvettes, and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs),” comments Caterpillar Marine Global Segment Manager Governmental, Leif Gross.

The new C280 supports the existing solution range and features several product enhancements including an improved power density (6,000hp and 8,000hp ratings) and new performance iron providing a reduction in visible smoke achieved through better combustion efficiency. Both the C280-12 and 16 models comply with IMO II emission regulations.

“Throughout the years, we have been walking beside our customers to understand their needs to provide solutions that benefit their operations. Our products continuously help the Navies to be mission-ready whenever they are called for duty. With over 90 years of experience in the industry, our global dealer network and teams offer services capabilities tailored for the most demanding jobs in the world,” comments Gross.

Additionally, Caterpillar Marine has updated the product portfolio to better support the global governmental and defense segment with the release of the C32B and 3516E. To learn more about our solutions, speak with our solution experts at booth D45 at Euronaval in Paris, one of the most dedicated defense trade shows for the segment. More information featuring the C280 propulsion engine is available by visiting online:




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About Caterpillar Marine:

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Houston, Texas, offers premium power solutions for a wide range of marine applications. With decades of experience designing engines and aftertreatment solutions, Caterpillar Marine products set the standard for quality, performance, and reliability. Caterpillar is dedicated to being your service provider on the water to provide engine and operational success. With Customer Value Agreements (CVAs), customers can take advantage of an extensive array of service options that can be tailored to their specific needs. Combined with our digital solutions, a CVA can provide valuable insights to engine health and performance. The global sales and service network is ready to support customers in tug, offshore, inland waterways, fishing, governmental, dredge, ferry, and yachting wherever they are.

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