Leonardo DRS delivers 100th LM2500 gas turbine package to US destroyer

28 November 2018 (Last Updated November 28th, 2018 11:56)

Leonardo DRS has delivered its 100th LM2500 gas turbine package to General Electric (GE) to be installed on the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Louis H Wilson Jr (DDG 126).

Leonardo DRS delivers 100th LM2500 gas turbine package to US destroyer
Three US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers. Credit: ©2018 Leonardo DRS.

Leonardo DRS has delivered its 100th LM2500 gas turbine package to General Electric (GE) to be installed on the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Louis H Wilson Jr (DDG 126).

The engine packages have been manufactured by Leonardo DRS’s Naval Power business, which has powered a wide range of US Navy and international vessels since 2011.

The company develops these naval power systems to meet the strict US military and GE specifications and quality requirements.

In addition, the company supports the continuous advancement of the technology by providing design and procurement expertise for components to meet demanding shock, low noise, and environmental conditions.

“This significant achievement for both Leonardo DRS and GE demonstrates our commitment to building long-term partnerships that deliver outstanding value and cutting-edge solutions to our customers.”

Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems Group business development senior director Jamie McMullin said: “This significant achievement for both Leonardo DRS and GE demonstrates our commitment to building long-term partnerships that deliver outstanding value and cutting-edge solutions to our customers.

“Our expertise in design, analysis, integration and test of complex systems combined with our extensive knowledge of military requirements and operational needs makes us the ideal engine package partner.”

The gas turbines have been installed and full-load production acceptance tests have been carried out at GE facility in Evendale, Ohio.

With completion of the acceptance tests, the completed gas turbine package unit was delivered to General Dynamics subsidiary Bath Iron Works for integration on to the US Navy destroyer.

In April, GE Marine offered to deliver its LM2500 range of gas turbines for 20 new FFG(X) frigates that are planned for procurement by the US Navy.