Russian Navy to Get First Serial Home-Made Gas Turbines in 2019

Rubric: Russia

Production of the first serial samples of marine gas turbine engines to be delivered in 2019 is already in progress in accordance with approved schedules, the ODK-Saturn's press service told Mil.Press Today.

"In 2017, research and development works were finished and, at the same time, the new business line was launched to produce shipborne powerplants", a company’s spokesman said.

M70FRU gas turbine engine

Thus, first serial gas turbines for the Russian Navy’s ships will be delivered in 2019.

In December 2017, NPO Saturn (Rybinsk, Russia) successfully completed three R&D projects held since 2014 in relation to engines M90FR, Agregat-DKVP and M70FRU-R.

The new Russian-made engines will be mounted on the Project 22350 and Project 11356 frigates, Zubr small-size air cushion landing ship, and other ships and vessels operated by the Russian Navy.
According to Lev Novikov, head editor at Engine Technology magazine, the Saturn-designed gas turbine allegedly ready for batch production was demonstrated back in 2011, at the International Maritime Defense Show. Later on, in 2014 it was announced again that the Russian marine gas turbines were ready for mass production, but its setting up failed. So, such statements should be taken carefully and one should wait for realistic results, especially as the production scope is not disclosed yet.

For reference

On April 25, 2017, NPO Saturn (member of United Engine Corporation, UEC) commissioned the Russia’s first assembly and testing facility for marine gas turbines and powerplants. Serial production of shipborne gas turbine engines will start this year. The UEC has never produced marine gas turbines in series before.

To learn more about the difference of Russian gas turbines from the Ukrainian ones, read the following material prepared by Mil.Press Today.