GE Transportation’s marine gas turbine operations will supply Samsung Techwin Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea with 12 LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines. The Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy will use the gas turbines for its next-generation KDX Type III destroyer.
“We are very pleased that the Republic of Korea Navy
has extended its vote of confidence in the GE family and the LM2500 gas turbine system for the KDX-III program,” said Karl Matson, general manger of GE Transportation’s marine operations, Evendale, Ohio. Hyundai or Daewoo Shipyards in Korea are building a total of three KDX Type III destroyers, each of which weigh more than 7,000 tons. The vessels will be equipped with AEGIS combat systems. Each will use four LM2500 gas turbines rated at 30,000 shp for total propulsion system output of 120,000 shp. The LM2500s will feature GE’s latest integrated electronic control system for high power output.