Rolls-Royce to supply Korean Daegu-class

Rolls-Royce will supply MT30 marine gas turbines to the Republic of Korea Navy’s Daegu-class frigate.

The country is building eight Daegu-class frigates over the next two years and Rolls-Royce has been chosen to supply the next three ships.

Also known as FFX Batch 2, the first ship was launched in June 2016 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). DSME will also build Ship two, while Ships three and four will be constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) SNSD.

Rolls-Royce is due to deliver the first two gas turbines in the second half of 2018, with the last turbine for Ship 4 following in very early in 2019.

The frigates are intended for a variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare, patrol, surveillance, search and rescue, protection of EEZ, and transport.

Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President – Naval, said: “Our continued supply to this programme validates our on-going relationship with DSME and HHI. The Daegu class is an exciting programme. It is the world’s first frigate to use a single MT30 in the compact package and our first application for MT30 outside the UK and US markets. The MT30 gas turbine has been successfully installed in Ship 1 and is currently successfully supporting the commissioning of ROK Daegu’s propulsion system. We understand that MT30 has powered the ship to meet its full speed requirement.”

The MT30 is derived from Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine technology and builds on over 45 million hours of operating experience and ultra-high reliability. It is initially built as separate modules on the same build line as the Rolls-Royce Trent aerospace engines in Derby.

The MT30 gas turbine is the world’s most powerful in-service marine gas turbine with the highest power density, delivering a high power output in a compact space.

Rolls-Royce MT30s are already in service with the US Navy’s Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship and already successfully powering the Zumwalt class, and have been selected for the both the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship and new Aircraft Carriers.


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