Rolls-Royce has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide MT30 gas turbine engines and waterjets for up to two ships of the Littoral Combat Ship programme (LCS), the next generation of US Navy warship.
LCS is being designed and built to improve the US Navy’s operational capability in the littorals, or coastal waters.
The Lockheed Martin ship design incorporates two Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbines driving four Rolls-Royce high-speed waterjets. The first vessel is due to be launched in December 2006 by Lockheed Martin.
General Dynamics will also construct up to two ships for the same class. Both designs will then be subject to further evaluation by the US Navy before production orders are placed.
Dr Saul Lanyado, President of the Rolls-Royce marine business, said: “The selection of MT30 represents another important milestone for our business in North America. We are already providing the MT30 for the US Navy’s DD (X) destroyer programme demonstrator.”
The 36MW MT30, which has 80 per cent commonality with the Trent 800 aero engine, is said to be the most powerful, cost-effective and efficient marine gas turbine on the market today.