General Electric to Continue Powering the Arleigh Burke Class

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly. (RELEASED)

The Arleigh Burke class destroyer has three “flights” (variants), the latest being the third and most advanced. Advanced is a key word here, because the more advanced a ship is, the more electricity it needs in order to power next-generation sensors and weapons. The question on the minds of those in the know has been, what will power these new ships? Continue reading

GE Leads Marine Gas Turbine Market, But Rivals Challenge Position

by Stuart Slade, I&M Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

General Electric LM 2500

General Electric LM 2500

The startling thing about the marine gas turbine market is that only three companies maintain a significant market presence. Since gas turbines came to dominate the warship propulsion sector in the 1980s, the major players have absorbed the minor ones, resulting in the present level of market centralization.

The key players in the marine gas turbine market are GE, Rolls-Royce, and Zorya-Mashproekt. GE is the undoubted leader with nearly half the market. It owes this position to its virtual monopoly of the U.S. Navy market during the 1980s and 1990s.  Until very recently, every U.S. Navy surface combatant was powered by GE LM2500 gas turbines.  This monopoly position is now being challenged by Rolls-Royce, currently the second supplier in terms of market share but whose MT30 Marine Trent gas turbine is winning growing acceptance. The MT30 was selected for the DDG-1000 missile destroyer and the LCS-1 Littoral Combat Ship, and there are rumors that future groups of the DDG-51 destroyer might use the MT30 as well. Meanwhile, the follow-on to the LCAC, the Ship-to-Shore Connector, will use Rolls-Royce MT7 gas turbines.  The battle between GE and Rolls-Royce will be profoundly important to the entire naval shipbuilding industry.

The third participant, Zorya-Mashproekt, offers a range of gas turbines derived from those used to power Soviet warships during the Cold War.  The political problems in Ukraine mean that most Zorya sales are currently achieved by way of licensed producers in China and India.  Once these problems are resolved, Zorya is likely to regain its full market impact.

This market assessment of the marine gas turbine sector is based on the Forecast International Industrial and Marine Gas Turbine Database, a comprehensive listing of more than 41,150 gas turbine installations, of which 3,916 (9.51 percent) are marine gas turbines used for propulsion and 933 (2.27 percent) are gas turbines used for onboard power generation. The Industrial and Marine Gas Turbine Database is a unique reference source that contains details of every propulsion gas turbine that has ever been installed in a warship.

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The World Aviation Gas Turbine Market 2016 – 2030

by Edward Nebinger, Forecast International.

Platinum Forecast System TM logo rgbWe are pleased to present a brief summary of the latest forecast information on the world’s aviation gas turbines.  This information has been derived directly from the Aviation Gas Turbine module of Forecast International’s revolutionary Platinum Forecast System® 2.0, the only one of its type worldwide. Continue reading

KHI Expands Operations to Tap Into Backlog at Boeing and Airbus, Opens Line in U.S.

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Boeing 777X. Source - Boeing

Boeing 777X. Source – Boeing

With demand for commercial aerospace components booming, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is adding another two factory lines to its operations.  These lines will focus on component production for Boeing’s 777X. Interestingly, one of these assembly lines will be located in the United States at a Kawasaki facility in Nebraska, marking the company’s first aerospace operation in the states. Continue reading

Smooth Sailing Ahead for Rolls-Royce MT30 Marine Engine

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

MT30 Marine Engine. Source: Rolls-Royce

MT30 Marine Engine. Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is solidifying its position in the naval power generation market with new, state-of-the-art applications for the company’s MT30 marine engine.  The commissioning of the U.S. Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), later in the year and the Royal Navy’ s HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2017 shines a spotlight on the relatively new powerplant, as both platforms feature the MT30 as their main power generation system.  The MT30 has a bright future, with Forecast International predicting that nearly 60 units collectively worth $1.345 billion will be produced over the next 10 years. Continue reading

New Rolls-Royce CEO Deftly Steers Company through Troubled Waters

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.


It has been a rough couple of years for Rolls-Royce.  Sales are declining, and a new management team has been put in place as the company rides out the current storm. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce’s New CEO Faces Challenges

By Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies AnalystForecast International

Warren East, New CEO of Rolls-Royce

Warren East, New CEO of Rolls-Royce

While the backlog of engine production will drive profits for years, Rolls-Royce is looking to adapt its operations for a new era – and a change in leadership is on the way. Effective this July, tech industry veteran Warren East will replace CEO John Rishton at the helm.
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The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye is the last remaining application for Rolls-Royce’s venerable T56 turboprop.

by William Alibrandi, Forecast International

Rolls-Royce T56

The engine that powered thousands of C-130s is now flying on the U.S. Navy’s AEW Hawkeye. The U.S. Navy’s current procurement plan calls for the acquisition of five aircraft in each of FY14 and FY15, six in FY16, and then eight aircraft per year starting in FY17.  The forecast reflects this plan and assumes the Navy will keep it in place over the next decade, but it is possible that the Navy will not ramp up production in FY17.  The defense budget is currently under stress, and the Navy may need to stretch out procurement longer than planned.  Keeping annual procurement at five to six aircraft would push final deliveries to 2024, rather than the currently forecast 2023. The forecast is based on the Navy’s current requirement for 75 aircraft.  The total number of aircraft the Navy plans to acquire has fluctuated slightly in recent years, but it will remain in the area of 70-75 aircraft (including two test aircraft), as the Hawkeye is safe from termination.

Limited Export Potential

Exports of the E-2D will be limited, because the pool of potential buyers is small. Current operators of the E-2C may order the E-2D at some point during the next decade, but none have given a clear indication of when they would begin replacing their E-2Cs.

Series 3.5 Upgrade

Rolls-Royce has developed an engine upgrade for the operators of older C-130s that offers a 9.7 percent improvement in fuel economy, plus 22 percent greater reliability and 9.4 percent greater range. The upgrade can be done during routine overhaul and includes new compressor and turbine blades, new turbine vanes and seals, and a new compressor air inlet housing.