Turkish Aerospace Signs MoU with GE Marine on Warship Engines Production

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Turkish Aerospace Signs MoU with GE Marine on Warship Engines Production
Ada-class corvette

TUSAS Engine Industries Inc. (TEI), a subsidiary of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE Marine to explore opportunities pertaining to production of engines for warships.

The MoU was signed during the ongoing IDEF 2021 exhibition in Istanbul.

“On the second day of IDEF 2021, we signed a MoU wirh GE Marine where we discussed cooperation opportunities regarding the manufacture, installation and repair of the LM2500 and LM500 gas turbines,” TEI posted on its official Twitter account on Wednesday.

The LM2500 engine powers a number of vessels including Turkey’s Ada-class corvettes and Barbaros-class frigates.

 LM2500 Engine

The LM2500 marine gas turbine is a simple-cycle, two-shaft engine. The 33,600-shp LM2500 is GE's most popular marine gas turbine, powering more than 400 ships in 33 world navies. Derived from GE's CF6-6 aircraft engines, the LM2500 consists of a gas generator, a power turbine, attached fuel and lube oil pumps, a fuel control and speed governing system, associated inlet and exhaust sections, lube and scavenge systems as well as controls and devices for starting and monitoring engine operation. Possible applications for the LM2500 include patrol boats, corvettes, frigates, destroyers, cruisers, cargo/auxiliary ships and aircraft carriers. The LM2500 is also available as a military generator set.

Turkish Aerospace Signs MoU with GE Marine on Warship Engines Production
Signing of TEI-GE MoU on August 18, 2021, during IDEF-2021 exhibition in Turkey's Istanbul.

LM500 Engine

The simple-cycle, two-shaft LM500 offers an aerodynamically coupled power turbine, and is similar in design to GE’s LM2500 gas turbine. The 6,130-shp LM500 is adapted from the CF34 engine and has the highest fuel efficiency of any gas turbine in its output class. The LM500 is basically a CF34 engine without its fan and is very similar in materials. The LM500 incorporates a variable stator compressor driven by an air-cooled, two-stage turbine. The LM500 has the latest in proven design technology and corrosion-resistant materials to provide a mature design with maximum reliability and component life.

This gas turbine is suited for marine applications requiring light weight and fuel economy. The LM500 is ideal for patrol boats and hydrofoils, as well as a military generator set.

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