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Launch Marine Program for LM2500+G4

Posted on March 23, 2006

GE - Marine announced the launch program for the newest addition to its land and marine (LM) gas turbine product line, the LM2500+G4 gas turbine. The engine represents the fourth generation of the LM2500 family of aeroderivative gas turbines. The turbine launch program is with the Italian and French Navies, where the engine will power the next-generation European Frigates (FREMM). The LM2500+G4 gas turbines for FREMM will be the basis of the propulsion module supplied by Avio, Torino, Italy. Avio, a long-term strategic partner of GE and a GE Marine Systems Supplier, is the prime contractor for the FREMM program.

The LM2500+G4 is rated to provide a 17% increase in power over its LM2500+ predecessor at ISO conditions. Currently the Italian Navy has 52 LM2500 gas turbines in service or slated for operation aboard several frigate classes, two aircraft carriers and one destroyer class. The French Navy will place LM2500 gas turbines into service aboard two Horizon frigates in 2007. The LM2500+ was initially developed and certified for commercial service within the oil, gas and industrial power generation markets.

The FREMM program marks the first marine order for the LM2500+G4. The United States Navy will use the LM2500+ in its first military application on its eighth LHD and follow-on ships in the WASP (LHD) class of multipurpose amphibious assault ships, according to GE. The LM2500+ was recently certified and shock tested by the U.S. Navy for mechanical drive applications.

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