Rolls-Royce has been selected to supply its MT30 gas turbine to power a new class of frigates for the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF). Japan is the fifth nation to select the MT30 for a major naval ship building programme.
Construction of the first of the 30FFM class frigates will begin next year, with entry into service expected around 2022.
Sam Cameron, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President â Defence, said: âJapanâs selection of the MT30 is very significant and means that the three largest users of marine gas turbines have all endorsed the capabilities of the MT30 and selected it to power significant future programmes. The MT30 is the worldâs most power dense marine gas turbine in service today, a key feature for naval ships where high power in minimum space, whilst meeting the operational power demands of the future, is essential. The increased demand for power by the worldâs navies is a clear trend and for Japan we will deliver a power rating in excess of 40 megawatts, the highest so far for this gas turbine unrestricted by global climate conditions. The power and performance of this modern gas turbine is providing shipbuilders and system designers with new options, choices and the ability to future proof their latest naval platforms, combined with the additional benefits of through-life power retention with ultra-low on-board maintenance require