Rolls-Royce wants to partner with Indian Navy to develop electric warships


Rolls-Royce, the major in aircraft engines, power and propulsion systems, said on Wednesday it wanted to partner with the Indian Navy in the development of electric warships for its “fleet of the future” .

The company stands ready to demonstrate to Indian Navy customers its capabilities to design, build and deliver customized power and propulsion solutions for India’s naval modernization needs as part of the upcoming Carrier Strike Group tour. in the UK, Rolls-Royce said in a statement.

Rolls-Royce – India and South Asia President Kishore Jayaraman said the Carrier Strike Group tour is an important opportunity for the company to showcase the results of decades of innovation in naval power and propulsion.

“As India contemplates the fleet of the future, our commitment to supporting the country’s defense modernization and self-reliance goals remains as strong as ever …

“Our experience of supporting the electrification of Royal Navy warships over many years is of particular importance, including the design and deployment of the world’s first hybrid-electric naval system,” he said. he adds.

Jayaraman added, “We believe we can bring great learning and value to any future program that the Indian Navy considers to develop electric warships. “

On the upcoming UK Carrier Strike Group tour, the company said it will showcase its “capabilities in providing naval propulsion solutions aboard the mighty warship HMS Queen Elizabeth.”

As a key member of the Power and Propulsion Sub-Alliance, Rolls-Royce was responsible for the design, procurement, manufacture, integration, testing and delivery of the power system. and propulsion of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier ship, which includes the powerful MT30 marine gas turbine and a low voltage electrical distribution system.

Rolls-Royce has claimed it is the only manufacturer in the world to have supplied naval marine gas turbine generators to frontline destroyers and integrated electric propulsion (IFEP) aircraft carriers.

The company said it had expressed its desire to explore opportunities for partnering with the Navy with end-to-end solutions for the electrification of future Indian warships.

“Rolls-Royce is well positioned to partner with India to modernize its naval fleet with the right mix of products, experience and capabilities to design, build, deliver and support naval systems and solutions customized, ”Rolls-Royce Chief of Naval Systems says Richard Partridge.

He added, “Our technologically superior offerings and expertise provide the ideal solutions for developing integrated hybrid-electric and fully electric propulsion for warships, including the integration of the MT30 which brings the densest gas turbine in. power to these new generation warships. “

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