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Japan’s Destroyer To Be Equipped With GE Gas Turbines

Posted on October 3, 2011

GE Marine will provide IHI, Tokyo, Japan, with LM2500 and LM500 gas turbines for the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new 22DDH destroyer. The GE LM2500 gas turbines will be equipped with integrated electronic controls (IEC).

“We are partnering with IHI whereby they will design and package the propulsion modules and electrical generator sets powered by GE’s LM2500 and LM500 gas turbines, respectively,” said Brien Bolsinger, GE Marine general manager. “This is a unique project as the LM2500s will provide main propulsion power, while the LM500s will supply onboard ship service electrical power.

“This project also marks two important milestones,” he said. “It will be the first LM500 generator set application for military ships, and the initial use of LM2500s with IECs in a main power plant on a JMSDF ship.”

The LM2500 and LM500 gas turbines will be manufactured under license by IHI and will be placed into propulsion or generator set modules. IHI will deliver the LM500s modules to the shipyard in late 2012, and the LM2500 modules to JMSDF in early 2013, according to GE Marine.

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