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GE, Hanwha Aerospace sign MoU to bring full electric propulsion to South Korea’s KDDX destroyers

28 February 2020
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General Electric's (GE's) Power Conversion business and Hanwha Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to co-operate in providing electric propulsion solutions for the Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) six-ship Korea Destroyer Next Generation (KDDX) programme.

In a 28 February statement, GE said that it would offer naval electric drive propulsion solutions, including its Integrated Full Electric Propulsion (IFEP) or Hybrid Electric Drive (HED), as well as propulsion integration capabilities.

“GE and Hanwha Aerospace will work with the RoK Navy and its shipyards, Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, to support requests for proposals and programme execution to bring proven electric drive technology to the RoK,” Andy Cooper, UK managing director of GE’s Power Conversion business, was quoted in the statement as saying.

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