Rolls-Royce to leverage Kawasaki partnership in new Japanese programme

22 May 2018

Rolls-Royce will look to continue its industrial partnership with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) in supplying its MT30 gas turbine engine for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) new surface combatants.

Rolls-Royce said on 21 May that through its partnership with KHI the two companies have collaborated on the production in Japan of more than 200 gas turbine engines and that it “looks forward to the next chapter in this successful relationship” on the new class of JMSDF vessels.

Through the long-standing partnership, licence-produced Rolls-Royce engines power a wide range of JMSDF surface combatants including its Asagiri-, Hatakaze-, Murasame-, and Takanami-class destroyers, and its Abukuma-class frigates.

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