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Indian Navy’s proposal to build a second sister ship of the INS Viraat is waiting for clearance from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) but as per media reports Indian Navy is considering installing a new high-powered marine engine to power the second aircraft carrier replacing General Electric LM25000 marine gas turbine engine that is powering INS Viraat.

Rolls-Royce developed the MT-30 marine engine seems to be the leading contender that might replace two LM2500s on the second aircraft carrier that delivers significantly more power than the LM2500 and is designed to minimize maintenance costs.

LM2500 marine engine is powering many Indian warships and is considered a quite reliable engine but is not considered a modern marine engine due to basic technology that was developed in the early 60s. MT-30 marine engine is much more fuel efficient but also costs nearly 1.5x times more than LM2500 but MT-30 has growth prospects that can come in handy in the future when high-energy weapons will be incorporated into future next-generation destroyers and frigates.

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