Rolls-Royce has won an order to provide MT30 gas turbines for propulsion of a new Italian Navy vessel. As part of a strategic fleet renewal programme, the 20,000 tonne displacement multi-purpose amphibious vessel will be built by Fincantieri under the Legge Navale (‘Naval Law’) act. It will serve as a landing helicopter deck and power will be provided by two MT30 gas turbines.
Based on proven flight engine technology, the marine MT30 has previously been selected for service in vessels including the UK Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and the Type 26 Global Combat Ship, the Republic of Korea Navy’s FFX-II Incheon-class frigates and is already powering the US Navy’s DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers and Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships.
The construction of the engine is based on a twin-spool, high-pressure ratio gas generator with a free power turbine. Eight variable geometry stages are included in the intermediate pressure compressor with six corrosion-protected stages in the high-pressure compressor. Technology for the four-stage free power turbine comes from the Industrial Trent and Trent 800 products. To ensure reliable life, the latest blade cooling technologies are included throughout and emission levels meet all current and anticipated legislative limits.
Commenting on the new order, Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce, president - naval, said: “We’re delighted the MT30 has been selected for this prestigious ship. We are also very pleased that the MT30 has penetrated another new market, which is indicative of the confidence placed in the engine’s design and performance by Fincantieri. We’re extremely proud that our MT30 will be powering the new landing helicopter deck and look forward to working with Fincantieri and the Italian Navy on this programme.”