Rolls-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.
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