The MT30 marine gas turbine has been developed specifically for 21st century naval propulsion using modern techniques and methods. Design and development of the MT30 began in 1999 and has since been qualified for naval service following extensive testing. Since then the engine has rapidly been adopted by progressive navies, in both its mechanical and electrical power generation configuration.
The Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is one of a new class of United States Navy (USN) fast combatants which has been at sea for more than six years and is powered by the MT30. A combined MT30-driven generator was selected for the new USN DDG1000 Zumwalt class of destroyer and has also been successfully installed into the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier. Most recently, the MT30 Compact Package has been selected to power the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship which will be built by BAE Systems.
The MT30 Compact Package has been designed with the aim of powering modern warship programmes, with the result that it is currently the World’s most power dense in-service marine gas turbine. This is an important factor in naval propulsion where delivering a high power output in a compact space is essential.
In addition to the programmes stated above, the MT30 Compact Package was selected for the new Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN) frigate programme with a single-GT CODLOG hybrid arrangement consisting of propulsion motors and a Diesel-electric system.
As a result, Rolls Royce was selected by the RoKN to deliver the MT30 Gas Turbine Unit and, from a preliminary Rolls-Royce compact package design, the engine and machinery division of Hyundai Heavy Industry (HHI-EMD) has developed the Compact Package for the New Korea Frigate. The MT30 GT was delivered to the HHI-EMD facility in 2014 with the surrounding Compact Package built at HHI-EMD before onward delivery to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) where construction of the first frigate will take place.
This paper provides the rationale for selection of the MT30 Compact Package for the New Korea Frigate Programme and also describes the development of the MT30 Compact Package; aspects of the design process, construction of the Compact Package and the factory acceptance test conducted at the HHI-EMD facility.