GE to Provide In-Service Support for LM2500 Gas Turbines that Power RAN Frigates
GE announced it has signed an in-service support contract with the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation’s Maritime Cross-Platform Systems Program Office. Under the contract, GE will provide maintenance and logistic support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) GE LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbinesthat power Adelaide- and ANZAC-class frigates. GE will be backed by GE Marine and Air New Zealand Gas Turbines for this multi-year contract.
"We are pleased to expand our long-standing relationship with the Royal Australian Navy through this in-service support contract,” said Brien Bolsinger, Vice President, GE Marine, Evendale, Ohio, USA.
“This contract will provide the RAN with predictable LM2500 gas turbine maintenance costs and lower total cost of ownership -- all with the aim of ensuring optimum fleet readiness.”
In addition to repair and overhaul of the RAN’s 16 LM2500s and associated accessories, GE’s contract provides depot level maintenance to be performed by Air New Zealand Gas Turbines, an authorized LM2500 service center and longtime RAN service provider. GE will provide program management and on-site field service support, and will handle warehouse and inventory management including spare parts and inventory replenishment throughout the life of the contract.
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The LM2500 gas turbine will power five new RAN ships:
- HMAS Canberra Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is the largest ship commissioned into RAN’s fleet;sister LHD HMAS Adelaideis currently under construction.
- Three Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyerseach will feature LM2500s. TheseRAN destroyers are based on the design developed and used by Navantia of Spain for the Spanish Navy’s F100 frigate program.
More than 4,200 LM aeroderivative gas turbineshave been delivered or are in service worldwide in a variety of marine, industrial and oil and gas applications, of which over 129 of these gas turbines are in Australia.
Source : General Electric
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