The In­dian Navy & Roll­sRoyce – A Legacy of Suc­cess

SP's NavalForces - - FRONT PAGE - Dr Glen Kelly

ONE OF THE MOST tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced and po­tent arms of the In­dian mil­i­tary, the In­dian Navy, has tire­lessly worked to­wards safe­guard­ing our mar­itime bor­ders. As In­dia grows to adopt an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in re­gional mar­itime se­cu­rity, the In­dian Navy is evolv­ing in-step to ful­fil the new roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that it will be en­trusted with.

A Strong Legacy of Sup­port­ing Mis­sion Readi­ness

Rolls-Royce has been sup­port­ing and en­abling the mis­sion readi­ness of the In­dian Navy on the seas and in the air. We are proud of the fact the Rolls-Royce equip­ment pow­ers over 40 In­dian Navy and 41 In­dian Coast Guard ves­sels. Our MTU en­gines form the back­bone of the In­dian Coast Guard and In­dian Navy fleet. En­gines from Ber­gen En­gines are also fit­ted on ves­sels of the In­dian Coast Guard.

We have had a 54-year-long work­ing re­la­tion­ship with 300 INAS, sup­port­ing the squadron mis­sion readi­ness and op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity. Build­ing on this re­la­tion­ship, to­day it’s our pri­or­ity to sup­port the mis­sion-readi­ness of the In­dian Navy’s Sea King fleet, which has many years of oper­a­tions still left. A ver­sa­tile and po­tent weapons plat­form for the In­dian Navy, the Sea King is an im­por­tant force mul­ti­plier. Its ca­pa­bil­i­ties range from anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare, com­mando oper­a­tions, am­bu­lance, to anti-ship­ping strikes in mul­ti­far­i­ous weather con­di­tions both by day and night. As such, we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary sup­port re­quired to keep the Sea King op­er­a­tionally ready to carry out its mis­sion – any­where, any­time.

Our ser­vices and sup­port is aimed at fur­ther max­imis­ing the num­ber of en­gines avail­able to fly and re­duce the cost of sup­port to op­er­a­tors. We are help­ing the In­dian Navy max­imise its use of the Roll­sRoyce pow­ered Hawk ad­vanced jet trainer, which is an ex­pand­ing fleet, cru­cial to the Navy’s com­bat air­craft ca­pa­bil­ity.

Ca­pa­bil­i­ties to Sup­port End-to-End Naval Re­quire­ments

Glob­ally, a num­ber of the world’s coast guards al­ready use Rolls-Royce-de­signed ves­sels and more than 70 navies around the world use our power sys­tems and equip­ment.

As such, Rolls-Royce is well po­si­tioned to sup­port­ing the on­go­ing mod­erni­sa­tion ini­tia­tives of the In­dian Navy. Right from en­gines, ship de­sign, gas tur­bines, propul­sors, elec­tri­cal power sys­tems, un­der­way re­plen­ish­ment, pro­pel­lers and wa­ter jets to cranes and han­dling sys­tems, etc. Roll­sRoyce has a range of prod­ucts and ser­vice of­fer­ings to meet ev­ery re­quire­ment. There have al­ready been re­cent or­ders which in­clude the sup­ply of stern gear for seven In­dian naval frigates and five In­dian naval OPVs.

Our marine busi­ness of­fers an ex­ten­sive prod­uct base and ex­pe­ri­ence in ship de­sign and propul­sion and power sys­tems in­te­gra­tion. This en­ables Rolls-Royce to con­trib­ute to sys­tem se­lec­tion, the in­ter­fac­ing of the propul­sion sys­tem to the ship struc­ture, ship ser­vices, aux­il­iary sys­tems and an­cil­lar­ies. We have the ca­pa­bil­ity to de­liver com­plete pack­ages of ser­vices from ini­tial con­cept stud­ies, through equip­ment se­lec­tion, sys­tems in­te­gra­tion and through life sup­port.

With MTU now a part of the Rolls-Royce marine equip­ment port­fo­lio it helps us in build­ing up a syn­ergy by the of­fer­ing of com­plete drive-line in­te­grated sys­tem so­lu­tions to naval cus­tomers across the world.

A Trusted Part­ner for the Fu­ture

Go­ing for­ward, we look to fur­ther build­ing on the foun­da­tion of our dis­tin­guished legacy and long-stand­ing part­ner­ship with the In­dian Navy.

The In­dian Navy is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing the US-2I am­phibi­ous air­craft, which will be an im­por­tant as­set in the In­dian Navy’s arse­nal. The US-2I shares a com­mon en­gine type, the AE2100, with the In­dian Air Force’s cur­rent fleet of the C-130J Super Her­cules. It also uses a CTS-800 en­gine which as­sists with take-off. Draw­ing on our ex­pe­ri­ence from ser­vic­ing the C-130J fleet in In­dia, Rolls-Royce is the per­fect choice to pro­vide sup­port for the US-2I fleet to en­sure mis­sion readi­ness and all­time op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity.

We are am­bi­tious for the fu­ture as we in­vest in set­ting up a world-class en­gi­neer­ing cen­tre in Ben­galuru and Pune and sup­ply chain ca­pa­bil­ity to meet the coun­try’s mod­erni­sa­tion and in­di­geni­sa­tion re­quire­ments. We are proud of our past and are com­mit­ted to co-de­velop and co-cre­ate in In­dia. Ñ The writer is VP ÐCus­tomer Busi­ness De­fence In­dia, Rolls-Royce

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