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With a Powerful Portfolio of Products, We Believe That Rolls-Royce Can Offer India the Right Combination Of Experience and New Technologies
President, India & South Asia, Rolls-Royce, Kishore Jayaraman
 

Kishore Jayaraman Please mention the history of Rolls-Royce and its aero engines in India.
Rolls-Royce’s association with India of over 80 years is marked with significant achievements. We started our association with the Indian aerospace sector in 1932 with our Gypsy engines on the first Tata Aviation aircraft. Then in 1933, Indian Air Force (IAF) took to the skies powered by Rolls-Royce Bristol Jupiter engines. Over the years, we have played a pivotal role in the development and transformation of India’s indigenous aerospace industry. India is one of the most important strategic markets for Rolls-Royce and we continue to build on our legacy and long-standing partnership.

In 2013, International Aerospace Manufacturing Private Limited (IAMPL), a 50:50 JV with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), became operational in Bengaluru. IAMPL manufactures engine parts (compressor shrouds and cones) for Rolls-Royce gas turbines, both for new production and the aftermarket. The IAMPL facility is now at full production employing over 140 people and will produce 25,000 aerospace parts for Rolls-Royce in 2015 across a wide range of engine programmes including for the Trent XWB. The production facility represents another commitment to the long-standing partnership with HAL and the future of Indian aerospace industry.

In addition, around 1000 engineers, through our partnership with QuEST and TCS, work at Roll-Royce managed engineering centres in Bengaluru. This is the one of the largest population of Rolls-Royce engineers outside the UK and they provide high quality engineering solutions and services across the entire product development life-cycle across all our sectors including civil aerospace.

What is the latest when it comes to Civil Aero Engines at Rolls-Royce?
Globally, our civil aerospace business is a major manufacturer of aero engines for all sectors of the airliner and corporate jet market. Rolls-Royce powers more than 30 types of commercial aircraft and has almost 13,000 engines in service around the world. Rolls-Royce is the market leader with Trent engines, be it the Trent XWB, Trent 1000, Trent 900, Trent 500, Trent 800 or Trent 700, having a global presence. Rolls-Royce engines are widely used on the A380s, the A340s, the A350s and the B-787s. With a powerful portfolio of products, we believe that Rolls-Royce can offer India the right combination of experience and new technologies, to contribute towards building capabilities in the wide-bodied aircraft market for India.

Rolls-Royce came up with the concept for the Trent XWB engine in 2006 and signed the contract with Airbus shortly after. Since then, the engine has gone through roughly 6,600 hours of testing and since its first test flight in June 2013 it has been subjected to high altitude testing in Bolivia, hot weather testing in Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, and cold weather testing in Iqaluit, Canada. The engines are so large that the body of a Concorde could fit through the engine; some 1.5 tonnes of air passes through the engine every second and is compressed down 50 times. That is the equivalent of the amount of air in an area the size of a squash court being sucked through the engine every second. It is then squeezed down in size to the equivalent of air space in a microwave oven. At take-off, each fan blade will carry a load of roughly 90 tonnes, which is the equivalent of nine London buses. The blades within the engine heat up to 1,700 degrees Celsius, which is actually hotter than the metal’s melting point of 1,300 degrees, so a clever cooling system has been created to ensure they don’t melt.

The Advance engine design will offer at least 20 per cent less fuel burn and CO₂ emissions than the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine and could be ready for entry into service from 2020.UltraFan™, a geared design with a variable pitch fan system, is based on technology that could be ready for service from 2025 and will offer at least 25 per cent less fuel and CO₂ emissions against the same baseline.

 
 
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