Rolls Royce marine engine for India can change dependence on GE

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British engine maker Rolls Royce now aims to bring in latest technologies for marine-military  application to India and these include for warships.

India is currently making some 47 warships and has a target of being a 175 warship Navy, as it races to match an aggressive China.

Rolls Royce has been working in India for several decades on a variety of engines, including those powering the Jaguar series of fighter jets flown by the Indian Air Force.   Also the C-130 transport plane made by US company Lockheed martin uses Rolls Royce engines. India uses these planes too. 

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RR’s Marine engines to compete with GE

Rolls Royce will bring its MT30 marine engines, targetting the growing business of making warships in India.  In the past decade or so, the General Electric LM2500 series of engines are the preferred choice of Indian Navy warships.  For now, the General Electric  dominates the market when it comes to providing engines for warships.

As India focuses on its vision of modernisation and self-reliance in defence, we look forward to introducing the MT30 to customers in India, the MT30 is perfectly equipped to meet the Indian Navy’s present and future needs.”

Tom Bell, President, Rolls-Royce Defence 

Tie up of RR with HAL

Rolls Royce and Indian public sector company,  Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed an MoU to establish packaging, installation, marketing and services support for Rolls-Royce. Read full statement here.

HAL is a public listed company with the Indian Ministry of Defence being  majority stake holder.  Through this MoU, Rolls-Royce and HAL will expand their long-standing partnership in India and work together in the area of marine applications for the first time.

Rolls-Royce’s experience is of over five decades in developing naval propulsion solutions. We look forward to building on this partnership to provide solutions in the area of naval defence.”

Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia

Second MoU within three months

This is the second MoU between the two companies within the past three months. Earlier this year, in February at the Aero India 2021 show, the two companies also announced new partnerships in the aerospace sector, including a MoU to establish an authorized maintenance centre at HAL for Adour Mk871 engines to support international military customers and operators. Rolls Royce engines are used on the BAE system made Hawk trainer jet, and is flown by the Indian Air Force.

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The two had also announced their intent to expand supply chain partnerships for civil and defence aerospace. This shall include working towards not just making Adour Mk871 engine parts in India, but also supplying forgings such as shrouds, cases and seals for Rolls-Royce’s two important engines — Pearl 15 and Trent family of engines. The Pearl 15 is used on business jets like the Bombardier . Read here

Trent is the engine that power most of the commercial airlines and ‘Trent engine family’ is now in service on the Airbus A330, A340, A350, and A380, as well as the Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner. read it here

We now look forward to working together to explore opportunities in marine applications. 

Mr. R Madhavan, CMD, HAL

What is the MT 30

MT30 is the world’s most power-dense, best-in-class naval gas turbine currently in-service with naval programs worldwide in various propulsion arrangements across seven ship types. Derived from the Trent aero engine family, the MT30 has the potential to provide next-generation capabilities to the Indian Navy’s future fleet. The MT30 can deliver its full power of up to 40 MW in ambient temperatures up to 38 degree celsius, without any power degradation throughout the life of the ship. Read full details

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