Rolls-Royce to supply South Korea’s Destroyer program

Rolls-Royce, along with Doosan Heavy Industries, has been selected to supply controllable pitch propellers for South Korea’s new KDX III Destroyer program.

Rolls-Royce, in conjunction with Doosan Heavy Industries, has been selected to supply six controllable pitch propellers, plus associated equipment and services, for the South Korean Navy’s new KDX III Destroyer program.

The contract is said to be worth in excess of £8 million.

Rolls-Royce Naval Marine Inc will manufacture hydraulic systems and oil distribution box components for the three-ship program. Engineering design and model testing will take place at the US Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Maryland.

Doosan Heavy Industries will be the main contractor for local supply of the controllable pitch propeller and shafting system under a licensing agreement.

According to Rolls-Royce, two 17.7 foot five-bladed low-noise controllable pitch propellers will be able to absorb 59,000 horsepower provided by the COGAG (combined gas turbine and gas turbine) propulsion plant.