General Electric press release
This will include the ability to service GE gas turbines currently in use by the Turkish Naval Forces, Turkish exported ships, as well as several global Navies operating the LM2500.
Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in August 2021 whereby GE and TEI began to explore additional localization efforts, this new agreement demonstrates GE’s deep commitment to Türkiye’s shipbuilding industry. TEI is a leading global manufacturer of defense power, leveraging its many years of experience supporting the Turkish defense industry, in partnership with GE. GE Marine and TEI have collaborated in Türkiye for many years and are now poised to play a critical role in supporting the Turkish shipbuilding industry for many more.
“GE is pleased to be a trusted partner in Türkiye supporting Turkish Naval Forces with the LM2500 and the solidification of this license agreement with TEI. The significant expansion of the LM2500 MRO global network directly benefits Turkish Naval Forces and Turkish Shipbuilding Industry.”
Mark Musheno, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, GE Marine
The LM2500 is the world’s most popular marine gas turbine and is derived from GE’s TF39 and CF6-6 aircraft engines. Currently, GE has delivered or has on order 31 LM2500 gas turbine onboard 18 ships for Türkiye. Programs include the Barbaros, Gabya and ISTIF class frigates (MILGEM-I), the Ada class (MILGEM) corvettes, and the DIMDEG fleet oil replenishment vessel.
“We are very excited by TEI’s addition to LM2500 Marine Engine Global MRO Service Supplier Network. With this license granted from our long-term partner GE, TEI becomes an OEM Certified MRO Service Provider to meet the MRO demand of Turkish Navy as well as the Navies of several other countries worldwide.”
Prof. Mahmut Faruk Aksit, General Manager of TUSAS Engine Industries Inc. (TEI).
“With our planned investments in the field, we are quite confident that our company will offer its best-in-class MRO service for LM2500 Marine Engines with on-time-delivery, highest quality standards, low turn-around-times at competitive price levels. TEI will make special-to-project investments and gain the required capability and capacity in Türkiye with the support of our eco-system and existing in-country infrastructure. We strongly believe our strong commitment and cooperation will lead to another success story.” Aksit added.
GE Marine and TEI will continue to identify other ways to further localize key manufacturing processes, such as the assembly, installation, and testing of the LM500 and LM2500 gas turbines. This will further strengthen the localization and indigenization priorities of the Turkish government and defense industry by maximizing local content. TEI is one of the largest producers of parts for the LM2500 gas turbine, as well as a licensed MRO facility for GE’s T700 engine, used in Black Hawk, Seahawk, Super Cobra and Apache helicopters, and GE’s F110 engine, used in F16 and F15 fighter aircrafts.