Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Com­mer­cial Global Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment, Gen­eral Atomics Elec­tro­mag­netic Sys­tems Group

Gen­eral Atomics Elec­tro­mag­netic Sys­tems Group is a leader in re­search, de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of cut­ting-edge elec­tro­mag­netic and elec­tric power com­po­nents and sys­tems. GA is now uniquely po­si­tioned to support In­dia with work­ing so­lu­tions to help mee

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SPs Naval Forces (SPs): Gen­eral Atomics is an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, pri­vately held company with a di­verse set of prod­ucts, ser­vices and tech­nolo­gies. As chief ex­ec­u­tive of Com­mer­cial Global Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment for GA Elec­tro­mag­netic Sys­tems Group, could you give us a brief pro­file of your or­gan­i­sa­tion? Dr Vivek Lall: GA Elec­tro­mag­netic Sys­tems Group (GAEMS) is a recog­nised leader in the re­search, de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of cut­ting-edge elec­tro­mag­netic and elec­tric power com­po­nents and sys­tems de­signed to meet the grow­ing de­mand for more re­li­able, fuel-ef­fi­cient power. We of­fer elec­tric power gen­er­a­tion, propul­sion, dis­tri­bu­tion and mon­i­tor­ing prod­ucts to support a wide va­ri­ety of de­fence, oil/gas, chem­i­cal, en­ergy, min­ing, nu­clear power, re­search and train­ing re­quire­ments world­wide.

We are com­mit­ted to on­go­ing re­search to keep us on the fore­front of emerg­ing mar­ket trends, and to de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity prod­ucts and ser­vices to help keep our cus­tomers com­pet­i­tive in the mar­kets they serve. SPs: What sets GA-EMS-tech­nol­ogy and prod­uct of­fer­ings apart from oth­ers? Dr Vivek Lall: Now, more than ever, we are called upon to lever­age tech­nol­ogy re­sources in new ways. Not only do we need to de­sign, build, launch and support sys­tems that keep ser­vices mis­sion ready, we must de­velop sys­tems that utilise elec­tric en­ergy more ef­fi­ciently and are de­signed to ease main­te­nance and re­duce life-cy­cle costs. Our prod­ucts push the bound­aries of en­ergy and fuel ef­fi­cien­cies, harsh op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ments, and high re­li­a­bil­ity stan­dards. An ex­am­ple is our work un­der con­tract with the US Navy for the in­stal­la­tion of an elec­tro­mag­netic air­craft launch and re­cov­ery sys­tem on the new US air­craft car­rier Ger­ald R. Ford (CVN 78). We have suc­cess­fully lever­aged our ex­pe­ri­ence in ther­monu­clear fu­sion re­search, and lin­ear mo­tor and elec­tro­mag­netic launcher de­vel­op­ment to cre­ate this state-of-the-art air­craft launch sys­tem. The sys­tem is a highly re­dun­dant, mod­u­lar de­sign with few mov­ing parts.

SPs: Could the elec­tro­mag­netic air­craft launch sys­tem be im­ple­mented to help ad­vance the In­dian Navy?

Dr Vivek Lall: Yes, with con­cur­rence from the US Navy and per­mis­sion to ex­port, the sys­tem could pro­vide many key ben­e­fits to ad­vance the In­dian Navy. The sys­tem’s flex­i­ble ar­chi­tec­ture al­lows for in­te­gra­tion into a range of plat­forms with dif­fer­ing cat­a­pult con­fig­u­ra­tions, en­abling the launch and re­cov­ery of a wide va­ri­ety of air­craft, in­clud­ing un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles, to en­hance sit­u­a­tional aware­ness. Our in­te­grated sys­tem re­quires fewer per­son­nel to op­er­ate and main­tain, and pro­vides a more fuel-ef­fi­cient al­ter­na­tive to legacy cat­a­pult sys­tems. SPs: What other prod­ucts does GA have to of­fer In­dia? Dr Vivek Lall: GA is uniquely po­si­tioned to support In­dia with work­ing so­lu­tions to help meet grow­ing de­mand for more ef­fi­cient power tech­nol­ogy. We’re cur­rently ap­ply­ing our highly ef­fi­cient mo­tors, gen­er­a­tors, drives, high en­ergy ca­pac­i­tors and in­te­grated sys­tems for use in power gen­er­a­tion, in­te­grated propul­sion, and elec­tric dis­tri­bu­tion ap­pli­ca­tions for min­ing, so­lar en­ergy, smart elec­tric power grids, wa­ter and waste­water treat­ment, mar­itime, and oil/gas ap­pli­ca­tions. We spe­cialise in first-of-a-kind sys­tems and prod­uct cus­tomi­sa­tion to suit in­dus­try-spe­cific re­quire­ments. For in­stance, our Gulftronic Elec­tro­static Sep­a­ra­tors are help­ing pro­duce bet­ter yields at oil re­finer­ies through a unique, patented au­to­mated elec­tro­chem­i­cal process. For In­dian re­finer­ies, this could mean greater ef­fi­cien­cies and im­proved yields as de­mand for oil and gas in­creases in a highly com­pet­i­tive world mar­ket.

In­dia can also ben­e­fit from GA’s high qual­ity, ex­tremely re­li­able ra­di­a­tion mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems for the nu­clear power in­dus­try. With over 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, and more than 120 suc­cess­fully fielded sys­tems op­er­at­ing world­wide, GA is a recog­nised leader in the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and support of en­vi­ron­men­tally and seis­mi­cally qual­i­fied ra­di­a­tion mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems. As In­dia con­tin­ues to ad­dress de­mand for more elec­tric­ity via nu­clear power, in­te­grat­ing proven ra­di­a­tion mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems could help ex­ist­ing and new nu­clear power plants im­prove safety and en­sure con­tin­u­ous power gen­er­a­tion. SPs: How is your or­gan­i­sa­tion po­si­tioned for the fu­ture? Dr Vivek Lall: We will con­tinue to lever­age our unique elec­tro­mag­netic and elec­tric tech­nolo­gies, un­matched tech­ni­cal and de­sign ex­per­tise, and com­mit­ment to re­search and de­vel­op­ment to cre­ate cus­tomised so­lu­tions that of­fer more ef­fi­cient elec­tric power for crit­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions world­wide. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties with In­dia to col­lab­o­rate and to en­able tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions that ad­dress in­dus­try de­mand, grow­ing mar­kets, and new and chang­ing re­quire­ments.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: Gen­eral Atomics

EMALS is a com­plete launch sys­tem de­signed to re­place the ex­ist­ing steam cat­a­pult cur­rently be­ing used on US Navy air­craft car­ri­ers. The Ger­ald R. Ford (CVN 78) will be the first car­rier to use EMALS.

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