Destroyer demo ready to roll

The Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine has been selected to power the Integrated Power System Engineering Development Model for the US Navy’s multimission destroyer programme.

The Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine has been selected to power the Integrated Power System (IPS) Engineering Development Model (EDM) for the US Navy’s DD(X) multimission destroyer programme. The order marks the company’s entry into the US Navy large gas turbine market.

Rolls-Royce will provide one 36 megawatt MT30 generator set to Northrop Grumman to drive the IPS EDM at the US Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division Land Based Test Facility (LBTF).

In addition, the Rolls-Royce 4MW AG9150 was selected to participate in a runoff with another 4MW generator set in conjunction with LBTF IPS testing.

The total contract is worth $25 million and is part of a US$2.9 billion contract awarded last year in which the US Navy designated Northrop Grumman as DD(X) lead design agent.

The DD(X) EDM gas turbine generator set will be provided to Northrop Grumman in early 2005. The MT30 is expected to have more than 75% US content, and design, manufacture, assembly and testing of the generator set will be performed in the US. The AG9150 gas turbine was developed in Indianapolis and features nearly 100% US content.

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