“GE’s LM family of gas turbines are already part of numerous JMSDF ships, most recently the Izumo-class DDH helicopter carriers and 5,000-ton class destroyer programs,” said Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, Marine Operations, GE, Evendale, Ohio. “By using our marine gas turbines, the JMSDF benefits from long term support, operational efficiency and commonality within their fleet. As with previous contracts, IHI will handle in-country design, manufacture and testing of the LM2500 propulsion modules for the new 8,200-ton class Aegis destroyer program. We are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with the JMSDF and IHI,” Bolsinger added.
GE LM gas turbines are used by 34 navies worldwide to power more than 500 ships. The current global LM fleet totals more than 4,200 engines operating in diverse marine and industrial applications. Including the aforementioned new destroyer programs, the JMSDF uses LM2500 and LM500 gas turbines for its Kongou-, Murasame-, Atago-, Hyuga- and Izumo-class ships. To date, IHI has packaged, tested and delivered over 300 GE LM marine and industrial gas turbines, including 102 LM2500 engines and 79 LM6000 gas turbines.