Over 345 vessels have Rolls-Royce Marine equipment operating in India
Managing Director, Rolls-Royce-India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, Navjit Gill and Regional Manager Naval, Rolls-Royce India, Pradeep Bahri
Navjit GillHow do you foresee your association with the Indian Navy and also the opportunities in the naval sector in the near term (perhaps in the next three-four years)?
Rolls-Royce has been a partner in progress of India’s defence sector. It is committed to bring high technology-oriented ecosystems to India and the country continues to be an important strategic destination for Rolls-Royce. In the marine sector our engines are being used by off-shore vessels while we work closely with shipyards and players like Larsen & Toubro, Oil and Natural Gas Commission, the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard (CG). Over 345 vessels have Rolls-Royce Marine equipment operating in India; further 18 vessels of Rolls-Royce UT™ design are currently under construction at shipyards.

India has been working towards the growth in regional naval force with blue water aspirations. The country has an ambitious plan to modernise its defence forces with almost 100 warships being added to its inventory to cater for decommissioning and to add on to modernise its navy, and develop its low-cost shipbuilding capabilities.

A total of more than 40 warships and submarines are under construction in the country’s shipyards. The naval sector has reviewed the country strategy and there is a consolidated plan, in consultation and with the involvement of the Indian Rolls-Royce International and Marine offices, in place to capture any future opportunities with emphasis on indigenisation, local supply chains, etc. Near term opportunities include waterjets for a number of new build CG like the Fast Patrol Vessels, Inshore Patrol Vessels and Indian Naval ASW Corvettes, equipment for navy and CG projects like offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and Cadet’s Training ship, Landing Platform Dock (LPDs) and ship design and equipment opportunities for the Indian Navy 5 Fleet Support Ships.

Pradeep Bahri Give us a brief account of other Rolls-Royce’s engine projects with the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard.
Naval sector continues to build a solid installed product base in India. The navy has in excess of 30 ships utilising Rolls-Royce motion control equipment and many of our other products are also represented in the navy and CG fleets. However, for new equipment the CG has proven, historically, to be an excellent entry point into the Indian Navy. We have recently managed to win for the first time CPPs and shafting for a ships of the Indian Navy (5 Naval OPVs) and also RAS gear for the prestigious Indigenous Aircraft Carrier project. Other successes have been the sale of the new S3 series waterjets (a total of 146 Rolls-Royce stainless steel waterjets in service and on order with Indian Coast Guard), propellers, RAS/FAS equipment and steering gear for the new Fleet Tankers, Shiplift for ABG Shipyard and the Pollution Control Vessel (PCV) (three ships) design and equipment through ABG Shipyard. We have an on-going strategy of attempting to cooperate with indigenous industry to meet the requirements of the Indian Navy and for reduction of our costs. In this endeavor, we struggle to balance the needs of our business and those of our prospective partners.

What marine equipment do you manufacture and supply for the Indian customers? How are these programmes progressing?
Rolls–Royce offers low voltage marine switchboards and starter panels. The 100 per cent export oriented accredited, EA&C manufacturing facility expansion is underway in order to enhance capacity upto 30 switchboards per annum. This blends well with the 30 strong Application Engineering departments which Rolls-Royce started in Mumbai. We plan up to 250 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs by the year 2020.
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