GE Marine reports that it will supply Samsung Techwin, Republic of Korea (ROK), with LM500 gas turbines to power PK(X) patrol boats to be built as part of phase two of this ROK Navy fast patrol boat program.
‘The first PK(X) Yoon Young-ha has already been launched at Hanjin Heavy Industries’ Busan, ROK shipyard.“We are delighted that the ROK Navy selected LM500 propulsion system commonality for the next PK(X) patrol boats,” said Brien Bolsinger, general manager, GE Marine, Evendale, Ohio. Each of the PK(X) patrol boats will use LM500 gas turbines, rated at approximately 5,600 shaft horsepower, in a Combined diesel and gas turbine (CODAG) arrangement, with diesel engines. Samsung Techwin, a GE Marine System Supplier, will provide the shipyard with the LM500 propulsion modules. In addition, GE will provide ongoing support to Samsung Techwin, the shipyard, and the ROK Navy throughout installation, sea trials, and commissioning. A third and final production run of PK(X) vessels is currently under study by the ROK Navy.