Rolls-Royce enters US Navy large gas turbine market

The Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine has been selected to power the Engineering Development Model (EDM) for the US Navy’s DD(X) destroyer program.

The new Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbine has been selected to power the Engineering Development Model (EDM) for the US Navy’s DD(X) destroyer program. This order is said to mark the company’s entry into the US Navy large gas turbine market.

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

In addition, the Rolls-Royce 4MW AG9150 was selected to provide power for LBTF integrated power systems testing in conjunction with the MT30-powered generator set.

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

The DD(X) gas turbine generator set will be provided to Northrop Grumman in early 2005. The MT30 will have more than 75 per cent US content, and design, manufacture, assembly and testing of the generator set will be performed in the US.