Rolls-Royce has completed the assembly of the 50th MT30 marine gas turbine in August this year and is in preparation to despatch it to Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).
This will be the second MT30 that Japan has received.
The two MT30 gas turbines already designated for Japan will form an expected fleet of eight engines for the 30FFM Batch 1 programme (FFM or 30DX frigate) that is set to replace the Asagiri-class destroyers and Abukuma-class destroyer escorts. The engine will now be delivered to KHI with whom Rolls-Royce has worked for almost 50 years to deliver more than 200 naval gas turbines for the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).
KHI will build and assemble the MT30 into what is referred to as the ‘compact package engine enclosure’.
Once installed KHI will conduct an integrated shore trial of the 30FFM propulsion system in their facility prior to delivery of the MT30 gas turbine to the shipyard in Japan next year.
Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce Defence Senior Vice President for the Pacific Rim said: “Japan has traditionally been one of the principal users of Rolls-Royce marine products, particularly gas turbines, so they are a very important customer and delivering the 50th MT30 is a very important milestone. We look forward to continuing to grow the footprint of the MT30 in the region.”
“MT30 is now on nine programmes globally, seven of which were conceived in the 21st century so it’s clear that the MT30 has become the engine very much tomorrow’s platforms.”
The MT30 is the world’s most powerful in-service marine gas turbine and gives operators efficiency and reliability in a compact package with a market-leading power-to-weight ratio. The MT30 is already the engine of choice for some of the world’s most advanced naval platforms including the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers and Type 26 global combat ship, the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Freedom Class variant and DDG-1000 advanced destroyer, Republic of Korea Navy’s Daegu Class frigate, the Italian Navy’s new Landing Helicopter Dock and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force’s 30FFM frigate.
Having entered service in 2008, the MT30 is developing a track record of high reliability and emulating the success of the Trent 8000 aero engine from which it is delivered. Naval ship building is a very long-cycle business, and with today’s new ships expected to operate for between 30 and 50 years, the ship’s propulsion system is there for the long haul and must be adequately future-proofed.