Rolls-Royce wins gas turbine design contract for UK Royal Navy's future Type 26 Global Combat Ship

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to design the gas turbine system for the Royal Navy's future Type 26 Global Combat Ship, which will, subject to contract, feature the world's most powerful marine gas turbine, the Rolls-Royce MT30.

Rolls-Royce will work together with prime contractor BAE Systems and Tognum, Rolls-Royce's collaboration with Daimler, to design the advanced propulsion system. This system will combine the Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbine with four of Tognum's MTU high-speed diesel generator sets.

Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, President - Naval, said: "We are delighted to be working alongside Tognum on the development of an advanced  propulsion system for a fleet of ships that will be central to the Royal Navy's capability for decades to come.

"The Type 26 will combine a range of marine technologies, and it is the sophisticated integration of this equipment that will ensure these ships will be highly flexible and efficient, whatever the mission."

The MT30 is derived from Rolls-Royce aero engine technology and builds on over 45 million hours of operating experience.  Producing 36 to 40 megawatts, it is the world's most powerful marine gas turbine and has the highest power density - a key factor in naval propulsion where delivering a high power output in a compact space is essential.

Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce installed two MT30s in the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The MT30 is also in service with the US Navy and has been selected for the Republic of Korea Navy's latest frigate programme.

  1. Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 300 airlines, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in more than 80 countries.
  3. Underlying revenue was £12.2 billion in 2012, of which more than half came from the provision of services. The firm and announced order book stood at £69.2 billion at 30 June 2013, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 45,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 14,000 of these employees are engineers.
  5. In 2012, Rolls-Royce invested £919 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental performance of its products, in particular reducing emissions.
  6. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company's engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
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