LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- A new multi-purpose Landing Helicopter Deck amphibious vessel being built by Fincantieri for the Italian Navy is to be powered by Rolls-Royce's MT30 gas turbines, the engine-maker announced.
The engine, derived from Rolls-Royce aero engine technology, is the world's most powerful marine gas turbine and has the highest power density -- a key factor in naval propulsion where delivering a high power output in a compact space is essential.
The MT30 has been chosen to power several of the world's major new naval programs, including the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and Type 26 Global Combat Ships. It already powers the U.S. Navy's DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers and Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships.
"We're delighted the MT30, the most powerful marine gas turbine in operation today, has been selected for this prestigious ship," said Rolls-Royce President Don Roussinos. "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."
The new Italian ship will be powered by two MT30 engines. Additional contract details between Fincantieri and Rolls-Royce were not disclosed.