The 50th MT30 gas turbine has come off the Rolls-Royce build line in preparation for despatch to Japan, say the firm.
The 50th MT30 came off the Rolls-Royce build line in August this year in preparation for despatch to KHI in Japan. This will be the second MT30 that Japan has received.
Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce Defence Senior Vice President for the Pacific Rim 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.”
The two MT30 gas turbines already designated for Japan will form an expected fleet of eight engines for the 30FFM Batch 1 programme that is set to replace the Asagiri and Abukuma-classes of destroyer escort ships say Rolls-Royce.
The engine will now be delivered to Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan with whom Rolls-Royce has worked for almost 50 years to deliver more than 200 Naval gas turbines for the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries will build and assemble the MT30 into what is referred to as the ‘compact package engine enclosure’.