Rolls wins Korean destroyer contract

Rolls-Royce has won an order worth more than $40 million to supply nine gas turbines for the Republic of Korea Navy’s KDX III destroyer programme.

The AG9140RF ship service gas turbine generators sets will provide the main electrical power system for the three ships. Deliveries will begin in 2006 and the first ship will start in-service trials in 2008.

The AG9140RF, which will provide combat system power, is already in service on the US Navy DDG 51 ship class, and similar equipment is in service with the Japanese Defence Agency.

The order, from Seoul-based gas turbine equipment supplier Samsung Techwin, will see the first gas turbine and generator set being produced at the Rolls-Royce Indianapolis plant, and the other eight being assembled by Samsung Techwin from Rolls-Royce supplied kits. The alternator for the generator set is also planned to be produced by Hyundai under licence.

Rolls-Royce said in a statement that the order continues a close relationship between the two companies, with Samsung providing combustors for all Rolls-Royce Trent 900 aero engines as well as providing aftermarket services on the T56, Model 250 and Gem engines.

In February the company announced it is also providing six propellers and associated equipment and services, worth more than $8 million, for the same ships, in conjunction with Doosan Heavy Industries.