June 15, 2004

Rolls Royce power for Lockheed Martin LCS

Rolls-Royce has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide MT30 gas turbine engines and waterjets for up to two ships of the Littoral Combat Ship program (LCS),

The Lockheed Martin contender in the LCS stakes is uses a semi-planing monohull to provide exceptionally high performance and maneuverability. The hullform is based on technologies introduced on the 60+ knot, 1,000 ton Destriero, which holds the trans-Atlantic speed record, and was scaled up and used to build a series of 3,000 ton Jupiter class ocean-going vessels.

It will be powerd by two Rolls-Royce MT30 marine gas turbines driving four Rolls-Royce high-speed waterjets. The first vessel is due to be launched in December 2006 by Lockheed Martin. General Dynamics will also construct up to two ships for the same class. Both designs will then be subject to further evaluation by the US Navy before production orders are placed. The overall number of ships currently projected for the Class is a total of 57.

"LCS is the next generation warship and we're delighted to help power the future for the U.S. Navy in its defense of the homeland," said Patrick J. Marolda, President of the Rolls-Royce naval marine business in North America. "In addition to the MT30 gas turbine, this win introduces large waterjets and other advanced technology products in support of US Navy objectives."

Dr. Saul Lanyado, President of the Rolls-Royce marine business, said, "The selection of MT30 represents another important milestone for our business in North America. We are already providing the MT30 for the US Navy's DD (X) destroyer program demonstrator. We are also looking forward to displaying our capabilities as a propulsion system integrator in addition to our ability to manufacture world-class propulsion products."

Rolls Royce says the 36MW MT30 is the most powerful, cost-effective and efficient marine gas turbine on the market today. The engine has 80 percent commonality with the Trent 800 aero engine, and is an example of the Rolls-Royce strategy of investing once in new technologies and using these many times. The Trent 800 has won a market-leading 44 percent of the Boeing 777 program and has achieved more than five million flying hours since entering service in 1996.

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