Pres­i­dent, In­dia & South Asia, Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has been a part­ner in In­dia's de­fence mod­erni­sa­tion and re­mains com­mit­ted to In­dia's ef­forts to­wards achiev­ing self-re­liance by ac­quir­ing su­pe­rior tech­no­log­i­cal skills and mod­ern man­u­fac­tur­ing and business pro­cesses. Kishore Ja­yara­man, Pre­side

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SP's Naval Fro­ces (SP's): Rolls-Royce is one of the world's lead­ing com­pa­nies which pro­vide aero-en­gines, marine en­gines and marine prod­ucts to many coun­tries. What are the var­i­ous prod­ucts and sys­tems that you of­fer to the In­dian Navy, ei­ther di­rectly or through the In­dian ship­yards?

Kishore Ja­yara­man ( Ja­yara­man): Rolls-Royce of­fers an ex­ten­sive prod­uct base and proven ex­pe­ri­ence in both ship de­sign and sys­tem in­te­gra­tion which en­ables us to bring the right prod­ucts to­gether when de­vel­op­ing power, propul­sion and mo­tion con­trol so­lu­tions that are fully matched to a ves­sel's op­er­at­ing pro­file. Our ap­proach en­ables us to de­liver a com­plete ser­vice, from ini­tial con­cept stud­ies, through equip­ment se­lec­tion, sys­tems in­te­gra­tion and through life support. The prod­ucts be­ing of­fered to In­dian Navy in­clude en­gines, ship de­sign, gas tur­bines, pro-pul­sors, elec­tri­cal power sys­tems, un­der­way re­plen­ish­ment, pro­pel­lers and wa­ter jets, cranes and han­dling sys­tems, etc.

SP's: What are the sig­nif­i­cant fea­tures of your marine en­gines (both gas tur­bines and diesel en­gines) and which are the var­i­ous naval plat­forms they are used for? What are the var­i­ous types of com­bat ships pro­pel­lers and propul­sion tech­nolo­gies suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped by Rolls-Royce?

Ja­yara­man: The Ber­gen medium speed en­gine fam­ily pro­vides power from 1.9 to 8 MW. They are suit­able for me­chan­i­cal drive or sup­plied as pack­aged gen­er­a­tor. Now a part of the Rolls-Royce marine equip­ment port­fo­lio, MTU is a world lead­ing provider of high and medium speed diesel en­gines. Within the shipping sec­tor the company has es­tab­lished a long and suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with some tens of thou­sands of en­gines in op­er­a­tion around the globe and on all seas. Rolls-Royce sup­plies marine gas tur­bines from 3 to 40 MW range. Rolls-Royce has a long his­tory pro­vid­ing gas tur­bine gensets for ev­ery US Navy com­bat­ant over the past 40 years. WR-21 pow­ers the Royal Navy's Type 45 de­stroyer flotilla. The MT30 pow­ers the lit­toral com­bat ships and will power US Navy's DDG-1000 mul­ti­mis­sion de­stroyer, Korea's FFX batch II frigate and the Royal Navy's Queen El­iz­a­beth class car­ri­ers. The Royal Navys in­no­va­tive Type 26 frigates propul­sion sys­tem will be de­signed around the MT30.e. MT7s will power the US Navy's ship-to-shore con­nec­tor.

SP's: Which are the In­dian war­ships where Rolls-Royce gas tur­bines and diesel en­gines have been suc­cess­fully in­ducted and ex­ploited to its de­signed ca­pa­bil­i­ties?

Ja­yara­man: MTU en­gines form the back­bone of In­dian Coast Guard and In­dian Navy fleet be­ing fit­ted on board the OPVs, IPVs, IBs, etc. Ber­gen en­gines are fit­ted on the pol­lu­tion con­trol ves­sels. SP's: Rolls-Royce Adour aero-en­gines are used in In­dias ad­vanced jet trainer. Is the same en­gine go­ing to be used for the In­dian Navy-s trainer? Can you also give

us some de­tails of this en­gine?

Ja­yara­man: The Hawk ad­vanced Jet trainer is in ser­vice with the In­dian Air Force and In­dian Navy. It is pow­ered by the Adour 871 which has over 1.5 mil­lion hours of ser­vice with op­er­a­tors around the world. The Hawk-Adour com­bi­na­tion is the global leader in ad­vanced jet train­ing for air forces glob­ally, in­clud­ing the United States Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Aus­tralian Air Force and Royal Malaysian Air Force.

SP's: What was Rolls-Royces role in the life up­grade/ mod­erni­sa­tion of In­dian Navy's Sea Har­ri­ers, Jaguars and Sea King he­li­copters? Can you elab­o­rate on as to how Rolls-Royce has sup­ported th­ese fleets in their op­er­a­tional role?

Ja­yara­man: Rolls-Royce is proud to support the In­dian Navy’s fleets of Sea Har­ri­ers and Sea Kings. We have worked side by side with 300 INAS (the Sea Har­rier front­line squadron) for 54 years and con­tinue to do so to­day. Rolls-Royce per­son­nel are sta­tioned along­side the IN at INS HANSA in Goa pro­vid­ing on-site support. Rolls-Royce, HAL and the In­dian Navy rou­tinely meet to dis­cuss and re­solve tech­ni­cal ques­tions and to en­sure that th­ese fleets are fully sup­ported and are able to meet In­dias de­fence needs. SP's: Roll-Royces MT30 Marine Gas Tur­bine is con­sid­ered to be a 21st cen­tury prod­uct which is used for pow­er­ing the US Navys mono-hull Lit­toral Com­bat Ship USS Free­dom and other ships of this class. Has it been of­fered to In­dia? What about

of­fer­ing nu­clear propul­sion for In­dian sub­marines?

Ja­yara­man: The MT30 is a mem­ber of the Rolls-Royce Trent aero en­gine fam­ily that has ac­cu­mu­lated over 30 mil­lion op­er­at­ing hours since en­try into ser­vice in 1996. The MT30 brings to­days aero gas tur­bine tech­nol­ogy to the marine mar­ket and gives op­er­a­tors of gas tur­bine-pow­ered ves­sels ef­fi­ciency and re­li­a­bil­ity im­prove­ments, with a highly com­pet­i­tive power-to-weight ra­tio and re­duced op­er­at­ing and through-life costs. We are plan­ning to of­fer MT30s for the fu­ture pro­grammes of the In­dian Navy.

SP's: In­dia is still lag­ging be­hind in the de­vel­op­ment of aero and marine en­gines. Do you have any plans to as­sist In­dia in this field by the trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy?

Ja­yara­man: In­dia re­quires ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to bridge the ex­ist­ing de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity gap, there is a need to look at joint pro­duc­tion, joint R&D and most-im­por­tantly the need to move beyond a buyer-seller re­la­tion­ship. Both In­dia and the UK go back a long way in de­fence col­lab­o­ra­tion. Both the coun­tries have signed sev­eral agree­ments such as -in the area of en­cour­ag­ing de­fence in­dus­trial part­ner­ships, set­ting up of de­fence sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy lab­o­ra­tory et al. Now with the new gov­ern­ment ini­ti­at­ing for­ward-look­ing pol­icy mea­sures, there will be much more scope for greater col­lab­o­ra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Rolls-Royce has been a part­ner in In­dias de­fence mod­erni­sa­tion and re­mains com- mit­ted to In­dias ef­forts to­wards achiev­ing self-re­liance by ac­quir­ing su­pe­rior tech­no­log­i­cal skills and mod­ern man­u­fac­tur­ing and business pro­cesses.

SP's: Can you in­di­cate your present and fu­ture plans for In­dia?

Ja­yara­man: In­dia is one of the most im­por­tant strate­gic mar­kets for Rolls-Royce and we con­tinue to build on our dis­tin­guished legacy and long-stand­ing part­ner­ship. With 500 di­rect and in­di­rect em­ploy­ees across our business sec­tors, Rolls-Royce in In­dia has grad­u­ally moved beyond sales and li­censed pro­duc­tion to en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices and com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ing and plays a strate­gi­cally im­por­tant role in the Groups global op­er­a­tions. Through­out its 80-year jour­ney, Rolls-Royce has in­vested time and re­sources to in­crease the ca­pa­bil­ity of In­dian in­dus­try. Rolls-Royce is work­ing to­wards the in­di­geni­sa­tion of the In­dian de­fence in­dus­try by ex­plor­ing strong part­ner­ships with com­pa­nies who share our goals. We are al­ready work­ing with many part­ners in In­dia which we are proud of Ð TCS, Quest and HAL.

To­day, we are well po­si­tioned to cater to the fu­ture growth op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the In­dia and South Asia re­gion. We also be­lieve that this re­gion can play a greater role in our strat­egy for prof­itable growth.

In­dia as mar­ket rep­re­sents a host of sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties across all sec­tors in which we op­er­ate: The de­fence equip­ment mar­ket over the next five years is in ex­cess of $50 bil­lion The civil aero­space mar­ket is grow­ing at a dou­ble digit pace There is a huge en­ergy deficit with large even­tual op­por­tu­ni­ties for the gas dis­tri­bu­tion, dis­trib­uted power gen­er­a­tion and nu­clear sec­tors de­spite short-term chal­lenges The marine sec­tor has been des­ig­nated a strate­gic in­dus­try, though also fac­ing im­me­di­ate chal­lenges. In­dia also of­fers the Group very sig­nif­i­cant sup­ply side ad­van­tages due to cost-com­pet­i­tive, world-class IT and BPO in­dus­tries and grow­ing en­gi­neer­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Fur­ther­more, in con­trast to other large emerg­ing mar­kets, In­dia is pre­dicted to re­main a rel­a­tively low-cost, com­pet­i­tive source of labour for the fore­see­able fu­ture, due to favourable de­mo­graph­ics.

With over 1,000 en­gi­neers, our en­gi­neer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia have reached a sig­nif­i­cant scale, amount­ing to sub­stan­tial sav­ings for the Group. Although we have made a start, there a more op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand our level of sup­ply chain sourc­ing from In­dia. Re­cently, we have be­gun to man­u­fac­ture com­po­nents here. We look for­ward to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease value to the Group from th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties, and pro­vid­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as trans­fer­ring skills and knowl­edge in the process.

Rolls-Royce will con­tinue to of­fer In­dia a unique com­bi­na­tion of ex­pe­ri­ence and in­no­va­tion that can help to im­prove the ca­pa­bil­ity of our cus­tomers.

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