Rolls-Royce has been awarded to supply its MT30 gas turbine to power a new class of frigates for the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).
Rolls-Royce will supply an initial two engines for the first two 30FFM ships. The JMSDF is planning a class of eight ships.
Construction work on the first of the 30 planned frigates is slated to commence 2019 and the vessel is expected to enter service with the JMSDF around 2022.
Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President – Defence Sam Cameron said: “Japan’s selection of the MT30 is very significant and means that the three largest users of marine gas turbines, have all endorsed the capabilities of the MT30 and selected it to power significant future programmes.
“The MT30 is the world’s most power dense marine gas turbine in service today, a key feature for naval ships where high power in minimum space, whilst meeting the operational power demands of the future, is essential. The increased demand for power by the world’s navies is a clear trend and for Japan we will deliver a power rating in excess of 40 megawatts, the highest so far for this gas turbine unrestricted by global climate conditions.
“The power and performance of this modern gas turbine is providing shipbuilders and system designers with new options, choices and the ability to futureproof their latest naval platforms, combined with the additional benefits of through-life power retention with ultra-low on-board maintenance requirements.
“We have a long and successful history of powering Japan’s naval fleet which stretches back almost 50 years and our strategic relationship with local partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries has seen us provide more than 200 gas turbines. We look forward to the next chapter in this successful relationship with 30FFM.”
Designed with approximately 50 per cent fewer parts than other aero-derived gas turbines in its class, to minimise maintenance costs, the MT30 has a twin-spool, high-pressure ratio gas generator with free power turbine. It maintains operating efficiency down to 25MW and can be configured in either mechanical, electrical or hybrid drive configurations.
Japan is the fifth nation to select the MT30 for a major naval ship building programme.