MT30 turbines ordered for Korean frigates
Rolls-Royce will deliver MT30 marine gas turbines to power the next three ships in the Republic of Korea Navy’s Daegu class frigate programme under a contract announced on 16 May.
A total of eight Daegu class frigates are scheduled to be built under the programme. The first two vessels are being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and three and four by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Special and Naval Shipbuilding Division.
The MT30 gas turbine has been successfully installed in ship one and is currently supporting the commissioning of ROK Daegu’s propulsion system. The turbines for the second and the third ships are scheduled to be delivered in the second half of 2018 and for the fourth ship in the first half in 2019.
The frigates are designed for a variety of missions such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare, patrol, surveillance, search and rescue, protection of exclusive economic zone and transport.
Derived from Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine technology, the MT30 builds on over 45 million hours of operating experience and ultra-high reliability, providing very high power density and power output in a compact footprint. It is initially built as separate modules and is then assembled and tested at the company’s Bristol facility.
Following the completion of its testing, the MT30 engine is shipped to Korea, where HHI Engine and Machinery Division integrate it into the steel enclosure which also houses the air inlets, exhausts and ancillary equipment, prior to installation in the ship.
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