GE LM2500s for Korean KDX Destroyer
GE Transportation’s marine gas turbine operations announced it will supply Samsung Techwin Co. Ltd., Seoul, Korea with 12 LM2500 aeroderivative gas turbines to be used in the propulsion system of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy’s next-generation KDX Type III destroyer. Each vessel will use four LM2500 gas turbines rated 22 MW at the shaft for a total propulsion system output of around 88 MW. The LM2500s will feature GE’s latest integrated electronic control system for high power output.
A total of three KDX Type III destroyers each weighing 7000 tons will be built by Hyundai or Daewoo Shipyards in Korea. The vessels will be equipped with AEGIS combat systems. To date, GE has supplied more than 70 LM2500 gas turbines to the ROK Navy for a variety of frigates, corvettes and destroyers, including the KDX Type I and Type II destroyer programs.
Samsung is the gas turbine contractor for this destroyer program and the LM2500 engine kits will be delivered to them in March 2005 for assembly and test at its Chang-won, Korea plant. Samsung will deliver the first engine to the Korean Navy in June 2006. Samsung will also manufacture more than 40 LM2500 parts for the localization program. The destroyers are slated to begin operating in late 2008, 2010 and 2012.