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Korean Navy Selects Rolls-Royce

Posted on June 27, 2012

Rolls-Royce will supply its MT30 gas turbine to power a new FFX frigate for the Republic of Korea’s Navy. This is the first order for the MT30 in Asia, Rolls-Royce said.

The FFX frigate will use a single MT30 rather than a pair, which Rolls-Royce said demonstrates the engine is suitable to power a variety of naval ships.

The FFX Batch II program is for eight ships. This order is for the first vessel in the program, which will be built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The MT30 engine will be built and tested in the U.K. before being shipped to Korea, where Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will integrate it into the steel enclosure that also houses the air inlets, exhausts and ancillary equipment, prior to installation in the ship.

The MT30 has already been selected for the U.S. Navy’s DDG-1000 Zumwalt class destroyer as well as the UK Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, and is powering the U.S. Navy’s Freedom class Littoral Combat Ships, according to Rolls-Royce.

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