Rolls-Royce is to supply MT30 gas turbine packages for the first three Type 26 Global Combat Ships for the Royal Navy (RN) under a contract awarded by prime contractor BAE Systems. The first engine for the Type 26 programme is due for delivery in late 2016.
Rolls-Royce had previously been working under a Design Development Agreement (DDA) and has also signed DDAs with BAE Systems for steering gear, stabilising fins and mission bay handling equipment.
Derived from Rolls-Royce Trent aero engine technology, and building on more than 45 million hours of operating experience and ultra-high reliability, the 36-40MW-rated MT30 is claimed to be the world’s most power dense marine gas turbine. In 2013 it was selected as part of the Combined Diesel Electric or Gas (CODLOG) machinery arrangement that will power the Type 26. A single engine will feature as part of the CODLOG arrangement, which also includes four MTU 20V 4000 series diesel generators.
The MT30 is already in service on board the US Navy’s Freedom variant Littoral Combat Ship.