Rolls-Royce has produced an MT30 gas turbine for the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force’s (JMSDF) 30FFM frigate.
The marine gas turbine is the 50th MT30 to come off the company’s build line and is intended to be delivered to Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) in Japan.
Once the MT30 is received, KHI will build and assemble it into a compact package engine enclosure.
The new turbine will be the second MT30 to be delivered to Japan. The two MT30s will be part of eight engines for the 30FFM Batch 1 programme.
Rolls-Royce Defence Pacific Rim senior vice-president Sam Cameron said: “Japan has traditionally been one of the principal users of Rolls-Royce marine products, particularly gas turbines, so they are a very important customer and delivering the 50th MT30 is a very important milestone. We look forward to continuing to grow the footprint of the MT30 in the region.
“MT30 is now on nine programmes globally, seven of which were conceived in the 21st century so it’s clear that the MT30 has become the engine very much tomorrow’s platforms.”
After the installation, KHI will put the 30FFM propulsion system under an integrated shore trial.
The company is expected to deliver the MT30 gas turbine to the shipyard in Japan in 2020. In May last year, JMSDF selected Rolls-Royce to supply the MT30 for the 30FFM frigates.
Japan became the fifth country to choose the marine gas turbine solution. The turbine also powers other naval platforms, including the US Navy’s Freedom-class littoral combat ship and DDG-1000 destroyer, the UK Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, and the Type 26 global combat ship.
The MT30, which entered service in 2008, is also the preferred solution for the Republic of Korea Navy’s Daegu-class frigate and the Italian Navy’s landing helicopter dock.
Rolls-Royce Naval Systems chief engineer Richard Partridge said: “The engine is capable of providing up to 43mw of power from a very small package and this allows really good and new choices in terms of system and platform design, as well as operational aspects.”
The first 30FFM-class frigate is anticipated to enter service with the JMSDF in 2022.