US Navy to refurbish propulsion gas turbines for surface combatants

25 July 2018 (Last Updated July 25th, 2018 12:28)

The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD), a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, has awarded a contract for the refurbishment of propulsion gas turbine components for the navy's surface combatants.

The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD), a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) field activity, has awarded a contract for the refurbishment of propulsion gas turbine components for the navy’s surface combatants.

The new contract is expected to utilise and expand the navy’s existing affordability, as well as support new innovation initiatives.

It is slated to save more than $100m over the next five years and will enable the US Navy to maintain its vessels more effectively, along with ensuring that the necessary funds are available to build the next generation of naval ships.

"The NSWCPD contract will facilitate the repair of engine systems using refurbished hot section kits instead of requiring new parts to be purchased."

The deal will also enable the navy to provide commercial and government repair organisations with upgraded, high-pressure turbine parts in order to create overhaul kits for two separate configurations of the LM2500 turbine.

The Single Shank Turbines (SST) and Paired Blade Turbines (PBT) engine configurations are able to provide propulsion for all US Navy destroyers and cruisers, in addition to around half of the service’s littoral combat ships (LCSs).

US Navy contracting officer Kevin Hann said: “We worked hand-in-hand with NSWCPD’s Propulsion Systems Division to develop the acquisition strategy and refine the statement of work.

“We worked with legal counsel to develop the source selection strategy.”

The NSWCPD contract will facilitate the repair of engine systems using refurbished hot section kits instead of requiring new parts to be purchased.

The navy has awarded the contract for the upgrade of the hot section kits to US-based manufacturer Chromalloy Nevada.

FRCSW will use the hot section kits to assemble LM2500 engines during the overhaul process.