Rolls-Royce pitches MT30 engines to Indian Navy


Rolls Royce MT30 Naval Engine: British engine maker Rolls Royce will pitch its naval engines to Indian Navy for its future ships. The company will showcase its capabilities to design, build and deliver customised power and propulsion solutions for India’s naval modernisation requirements during the Royal Navy ship HMS Elizabeth’s India tour off Mumbai coast.

Rolls Royce is keen explore opportunities for partnering the Navy with end-to-end solutions for electrification of India’s future warships, said the company.

Rolls Royce’s India President Kishore Jayaraman said the company was committed to support India’s defence modernization and self-reliance programme.

“The Carrier Strike Group tour is a significant opportunity for Rolls-Royce to showcase the results of decades of innovation in naval power and propulsion,” Jayaraman said in a statement.

Kishore Jayarama, Rolls Royce India, South Asia

Kishore Jayaraman, Rolls-Royce India

Rolls Royce top executive in India and South Asia said the company’s experience in supporting the electrification of the Royal Navy’s warships was of particular significance, including the design and deployment of the world’s first hybrid-electric naval system.

“We believe that we can bring great learnings and value to any future programme envisioned by the Indian Navy for developing electric warships,” he added.

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Rolls-Royce is the only manufacturer in the world that has provided navalised marine gas turbine generators into front-line integrated full electric propulsion (IFEP) powered destroyers and aircraft carriers.

Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth Rolls Royce MT30 Engine

Rolls-Royce MT30 Engine.

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

Abhishek Singh, Senior Vice President – Defence, India and South East Asia, Rolls-Royce said the Royal Navy ship HMS Queen Elizabeth, which is on India tour, was one of the finest examples of technological excellence in naval warfare.

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“We are looking forward to familiarising our Indian customers with Rolls-Royce’s capabilities aboard this majestic warship and to explore areas for collaboration to further strengthen the might and range of the Indian Navy,” Abhishek Singh said.

Richard Partridge, Chief of Naval Systems, Rolls-Royce said the company was well-positioned to partner India for the modernisation of its naval fleet with the right mix of products, experience and capabilities to design, build, deliver and support customised naval systems and solutions.

“Our technologically superior offerings and expertise provide the ideal solutions for developing integrated hybrid-electric and full-electric propulsion for naval vessels, including the integration of the MT30 that brings the most power dense gas turbine to these next generation warships,” Richard Partridge added.

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Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Class carriers

According to British engine maker, the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers operate an IFEP system that is one of the most advanced propulsion systems offering increased power, flexibility and reliability – best suited for large warships.

Rolls Royce provides two MT30 marine gas turbine alternators per ship, rated at 36MW, with the power to propel these vessels beyond 25knots.

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Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth Rolls Royce MT30 Engine

Workers at Rolls-Royce factory.

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Rolls-Royce MT30 Engine

The MT30 alone delivers huge design benefits through its power density, significantly reducing the number of gas turbines required to power advanced naval platforms, said the company.

The MT30 also guarantees its power throughout the 50-year service life expectancy of the ship. The QEC also features a complete Rolls-Royce low voltage (LV) electrical distribution system that distributes enough electricity to power the equivalent of 5,000 family homes.

As electrical power system integrators, the British company said, it provides solutions for both hybrid and all-electric naval vessels, optimising performance to satisfy electrical load demands of the future such as advanced sensor, propulsion and combat systems.

Rolls Royce also offers low voltage (LV) electrical power distribution systems for a range of warship and submarine applications.

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