Rolls-Royce, under contract to
Northrop Grumman, the prime contractor for the DD(X) program, has delivered
its first MT30 marine gas turbine generator set to the US Navy.
The MT30, the world's most powerful marine generator set on the market
today, was shipped to the Navy's test facility in Philadelphia to power test
runs for the DD(X) destroyer, a leading-edge program key to future
The MT30 will drive the DD(X) Integrated Power System Engineering
Development Model, which will provide risk mitigation for the main propulsion
and shipboard systems. The shipment marks the first delivery of a large Rolls-
Royce gas turbine for the US Navy.
The 36 megawatt (MW) MT30 has 80 percent commonality with the Trent 800
aero engine which has won a market-leading 44 percent of the Boeing 777
program and achieved more than six million flying hours since entering service
Final assembly of the MT30 took place at DRS Power Technologies, Inc. in
Fitchburg, MA. The generator set left Fitchburg and traveled by truck to the
port of Lynn, MA where it was loaded on a barge for the trip to the test
facility in Philadelphia.
"We are proud to team with prime contractor Northrop Grumman and our
partners here in Massachusetts and around the world to help power the future
of the US Navy," continued Marolda.
The MT30 generator set has more than 75 percent US content across design,
manufacture, assembly and test.
Rolls-Royce recently shipped its 4MW RR4500 generator set to the same
Philadelphia test facility where it will operate in conjunction with the MT30
on the DD(X) Engineering Development Model.