Rolls wins Global Combat Ship turbine contract

type26300Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to design the gas turbine system for the Royal Navy’s future Type 26 Global Combat Ship (pictured), which will feature the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine, the MT30.

The engine maker will work together with prime contractor BAE Systems and Tognum, Rolls-Royce’s collaboration with Daimler, to design the advanced propulsion system combining the MT30 with four of Tognum’s high-speed diesel generator sets.

Rolls’ Don Roussinos said the system would be central to the Royal Navy’s capability for decades to come.

The MT30, which is derived from Rolls-Royce aero engine technology, produces 36 to 40 megawatts, making it the world’s most powerful marine gas turbine with the highest power density.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce installed two MT30s in the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The MT30 is also in service with the US Navy and has been selected for the Republic of Korea Navy’s latest frigate programme.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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