Rolls-Royce has completed the factory acceptance test for the MT30 Gas Turbine, to be installed on board Italian Navy’s new landing helicopter dock (LHD) multi-purpose amphibious vessel, to be built by Fincantieri.
The factory acceptance test, which has to be completed before the gas turbine can be delivered, was carried out at the Rolls-Royce test facility in Bristol. The engine was put through a week of rigorous performance tests, witnessed by representatives from Fincantieri and the Italian Navy.
In total, the company has been selected to provide two MT30 gas turbines to power the 20,000 tonne displacement vessel.
Don Roussinos, Rolls-Royce’s naval president, said: “Producing 36 to 40 megawatts, the MT30 gas turbine is the world’s most powerful in-service marine gas turbine with the highest power density and will deliver a high power output in a compact space – an essential factor for naval propulsion.”
The LHD, which will be built and launched in the Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard before being set up and delivered at the company’s yard in Muggiano (La Spezia), is an important element within Italy’s Navy Act – a major investment programme to renew the Italian Navy’s fleet.
Rolls-Royce MT30s are also being installed in the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales and the Type 26 global combat ship. They are also in service with the US Navy’s Freedom class littoral combat ship, will power the USS Zumwalt class destroyers and the Republic of Korea Navy’s latest Daegu class frigate programme.