LM2500 slected for WMSL CODAG system
GE Transportation's LM2500 aeroderivative marine gas turbine has been chosen to drive the United States Coast Guard's newest and largest multi-mission cutter under the Integrated Deepwater System (IDS) program. The LM2500 will be incorporated into the integrated propulsion system for the U.S. Coast Guard's new Maritime Security Cutter Large (WMSL). The long-range, multi-mission, extremely versatile high-endurance cutter is part of the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program.
GE will manufacture the LM2500 gas turbine at its Evendale, Ohio facility. GE is under contract with Detroit Diesel Corporation, Detroit, Mich., who is supplying the integrated propulsion system to Northrop Grumman Ships Systems (NGSS).
NGSS has began manufacture of the first of eight WMSLs at its Pascagoula, Miss. facility, under contract from Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a joint venture of Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). In June 2002, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded the Deepwater contract to ICGS.
"Deepwater is the largest re-capitalization effort in the 213-year history of the U.S. Coast Guard. We are delighted that our first project with the Coast Guard is for this multi-year modernization and replacement program. The Coast Guard is playing an ever more vital role in homeland security for the United States. It is a distinct honor for GE to have been selected for this important program," said Karl Matson, general manager of GE Transportation's marine business in Evendale, Ohio.
The propulsion system for each 421-foot WMSL will feature one GE LM2500 gas turbine in a COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine (CODAG) arrangement with two MTU 20V1163 diesel engines. The total CODAG system output is specified to be 48,960 shaft horsepower.
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