RJE Global has agreed to assemble GE Marine Solutions’ LM2500 gas turbine modules and manufacture a number of components for this engine in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s new frigate programme.
Both companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at RJE’s facility in Adelaide. The nine-ship SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program will replace the ageing Anzac class frigates. GE’s LM2500 gas turbines are operational on two of the shortlisted qualified ship designs: Fincantieri’s FREMM and Navantia’s F100.
“Through this MOU, GE provides RJE access to manufacturing and assembly knowledge as well as other GE resources that have been used with similar local manufacturers globally to produce our LM2500 marine gas turbine modules,” said Brien Bolsinger, vice president, general manager, GE, Evendale, Ohio. “Teaming with RJE is a natural choice that makes the LM2500 engine the low risk, in-country solution for the RAN’s next-generation frigate program.”
RJE already is an authorized distributor for GE Transportation’s medium speed diesel generator sets both in Australia and internationally. RJE also performs work on GE Power’s LM2500 trailer mounted gas turbine power generation modules.
GE LM2500 engines make up 100% of the RAN’s gas turbine fleet. Each of the RAN’s new Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer features two LM2500s configured in a combined diesel Or gas turbine arrangement with two diesel engines. GE LM2500s also power the RAN’s Adelaide and Anzac class frigates, and the two landing helicopter dock ships - HMA Ships Canberra and Adelaide - both the largest ships ever built for the RAN.