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Navy's new frigates to have Rolls-Royce engine

All News 15:45 December 02, 2020

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Yonhap) -- Rolls-Royce said Wednesday it has won a deal to supply marine gas turbines to South Korea's new 3,500-ton frigates to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. by 2024.

The MT30, tapped for the Ulsan-class FFX Batch III frigates, has already been in service with several navies around the world, including in South Korea's Daegu-class FFX Batch II frigates, according to the company.

"The use of the MT30 across the Batch II and Batch III frigates will deliver commonality benefits to the customer, such as spare parts, support infrastructure and training," it said in a release.

Rolls-Royce also said the company is ready to support the Navy's "technological ambitions" by delivering "game-changing military capability in next generation destroyers."

South Korea is pushing to build a 6,000 ton-class Aegis destroyer under the Korea Destroyer Next Generation (KDDX) project, with Hyundai as a preferred bidder for the 21 billion won (US$17.6 million) program.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Republic of Korea Navy and Hyundai Heavy Industries," Lee Jong-yel, vice president of business development & future programs at the company, said.

This undated photo, provided by Rolls-Royce on Dec. 2, 2020, shows the company's MT30 marine gas turbine which will be supplied for South Korea's construction of new 3,500-ton frigates. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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