'Our current priority is to support the mission-readiness of the Indian Navy’s Sea King fleet which has many years of operation left in its role as a versatile force multiplier'
Vice president, Customer Business Defence, India, Rolls Royce, Glenn Kelly

Glenn KellyWhat are your ongoing programmes with the Indian Navy?

The Indian Navy and Rolls-Royce have been partners since the formation of the Service, a great example was 300 INAS (Indian Naval Air Squadron, based in Goa), where Rolls-Royce people have continually worked alongside the squadron for over 54 years. Our current priority is to support the mission-readiness of the Indian Navy’s Sea King fleet which has many years of operation left in its role as a versatile force multiplier for the Indian Navy. Our engines provide operators with unparalleled fuel efficiency that enable to stay on station and on mission for longer times. The engines’ reliability provides our customers with the capability to be operationally ready anytime, anywhere. 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 Rolls-Royce powered Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, which is an expanding fleet, crucial to the navy’s combat aircraft capability. Also, 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.

What opportunities do you see for Rolls-Royce in the future modernisation efforts?

Today, Coast Guard and Indian Navy are transitioning to a faster fleet for increased littoral security – replacement of propellers by Water Jets for smaller craft. Even the Indian Navy’s major modernisation drive presents an opportunity to develop indigenous capability for design and manufacturing of ships, submarines and subsystems. Our extensive product base and experience in both ship design and propulsion and power systems integration, enables Rolls- Royce to contribute to system selection, the interfacing of the propulsion system to the ship structure, ship services, auxiliary systems and ancillaries. The products being offered to Indian Navy include Engines, Ship Design, Gas Turbines, Propulsors, Electrical power systems, underway replenishment, propellers and water jets, cranes and handling systems, etc. Recent orders include supply of stern gear for seven Indian Naval Frigates and five OPVs.

India is also considering the US-2I amphibious aircraft which shared 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 all-time operational capability. 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.

Tell us a little about your ‘Make in India’ efforts with respect to the Indian Navy?

In India, we continue to build on our distinguished legacy and long-standing partnership with Indian Navy. What makes us proud is the fact that over 40 Indian Navy, 41 Coast Guards vessels are powered by Rolls-Royce. The Sea King is arguably the Indian Navy’s most important flying asset. We recognise this and are committed to providing the highest possible levels of support.

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.

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