Naval Contracts for Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce has won supply and service contracts for naval vessels. The first order, worth more than US$40 million covers the supply of nine gas turbines for the Republic of Korea Navy’s KDX III destroyer program. The AG9140RF ship service gas turbine generators sets, using Allison 501 gas turbines, will provide the main electrical power system for the three ships. Deliveries will begin in 2006 and the first ship will start in service trials in 2008. The order was placed by Seoul-based gas turbine equipment supplier Samsung Techwin. The first gas turbine and generator set will be produced at the Rolls-Royce’s Indianapolis, Indian, U.S.A. plant, while the other eight will be assembled by Samsung Techwin from Rolls-Royce supplied kits. The alternator for the generator set will be produced by Hyundai under licence.
The second order is a service contract for a mixture of Olympus, Tyne and Spey gas turbines in five new Chilean Navy ships for the next 20 years - a key element of Chile’s transformation of its fleet to gas turbine technology. The company will provide repair services and technical support for its gas turbines on the former Royal Navy frigate and four former Dutch Navy ships. The contracts are worth $US9.6 million in the first year, with further expenditure expected in each of the subsequent years. Rolls-Royce has provided service for Olympus and Tyne gas turbines for the Royal Navy, Royal Netherlands Navy and the French and Belgian navies, since their introduction into service.