The new Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine has been selected to power the Integrated Power System (IPS) Engineering Development Model (EDM) for the US Navy's DD(X) multimission destroyer program. This order marks the company's entry into the U.S. Navy large gas turbine market.
Rolls-Royce will provide one 36 megawatt (MW) MT30 generator set to Northrop
Grumman to drive the IPS EDM at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center
Philadelphia Division Land Based Test Facility (LBTF). In addition, the
Rolls-Royce 4MW AG9150 was selected to participate in a runoff with another
4MW generator set in conjunction with LBTF IPS testing. The total contract
is worth $25 million and is part of a $2.9 billion contract awarded last
year in which the US Navy designated Northrop Grumman (NOC)
as DD(X) design agent.
"The U.S. Navy is seeking transformational technology. This is an opportunity
to showcase how we have translated leading-edge, proven, aero engine
technology into a unique marine power system. We are proud to team with
Northrop Grumman to serve the US Navy," said Patrick J. Marolda, President -
Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc.
Saul Lanyado, Rolls-Royce President
- Marine, said: "We are delighted to be
selected for two prestigious defense programs in a matter of weeks. The
DD(X) announcement follows our recent selection to provide gas turbines for
the two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers. We look forward to supporting
both the US and the UK on projects that are crucial to their continuing
effectiveness at sea."
The DD(X) EDM gas turbine generator set will be provided to Northrop Grumman
in early 2005. The MT30 is expected to have more than 75 percent US
content, and design, manufacture, assembly and testing of the generator set
will be performed in the US. The AG9150 gas turbine was developed in
Indianapolis, IN and features nearly 100 percent US content.
The 36MW MT30 has 80 percent commonality with the Trent 800 aero engine,
which has won a market-leading 44 percent of the Boeing 777 program,
achieving more than two million flying hours since entering service in 1996.
The MT30 is cost-effective and efficient compared to existing marine gas
turbines operating over 25MW. It is available for service in either
mechanical or electrical generator set applications for both commercial and
naval marine markets. Offering improved power density and reliability, it
is ideal for frigates, destroyers and aircraft carriers requiring
high-powered propulsion. It is also ideal for cruise ships and fast
ferries. Since a single MT30 can replace two conventional boost turbines,
it saves space and reduces operating and ownership costs while giving
propulsion system designers greater flexibility.
The MT30 is the eleventh engine type Rolls-Royce has derived from core aero
engine technology. Its modular construction, a key element of all Rolls-
Royce gas turbine technology, combines reliability with maintainability.