To power India’s need for reliable and world-class propulsion systems
As India moves up the global economic value-chain aspiring to be the third largest economy in the world by 2030, finding solutions to the vital power needs of an ever-changing, fast-growing nation is an imperative. At Rolls-Royce, we pioneer cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.
As industries, we also have a basic role in meeting the environmental and societal opportunities and challenges that the world faces. Digitalization and hybridization are imminent opportunities for developing power generation solutions that are cleaner and smarter.
These could take the form of diesel, gas and diesel-gas hybrid, products. In this context, our Power Systems business offers a generation of products under the MTU brand that are technologically advanced and are today predominantly in use in both marine and infrastructure sectors.
MTU is the Rolls-Royce brand of highspeed engines and propulsion systems and a part of Rolls-Royce Power ystems business globally, headquartered in Germany. Known for cutting-edge innovation and technological leadership, it advances its core competencies of fuel injection, turbo charging, exhaust after treatment and electronics. These products are today finding varied applications across commercial ships and naval vessels, construction and industrial vehicles, agricultural machinery, mining, rail and military vehicles as well as for the oil and gas industry. Our MTU full range of service solutions help maximize uptime and performance.
Worldwide, navies and coast guards require the ability to react swiftly and effectively, even under extreme circumstances. MTU gives them the power to do this through solutions that perfectly match their complex requirements. The engines stand out with their high-power density and power-to-weight ratio, their compact design as well as their mechanical and thermal stability.
In India, MTU engines propel and power many Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy vessels. Further, our service
teams are present at several locations along with the Indian coastline, geared to support our customer’s varied needs.
In the land defence space, MTU engines power the Indian Army’s indigenously built Arjun Main Battle Tanks enabling swift movement from one location to another through high manoeuvrability, high power density and maximum acceleration.
This year, at the DefExpo 2020, we look forward to showcasing the capabilities of the MTU 8V199 engine suitable for tracked and wheeled military vehicles. It is a highly compact, turbocharged and water-cooled machine which can be easily adapted to the customer demands.
The Series 199 engines have established themselves in various armoured vehicles, including the Boxer (in service with the German, Dutch and Lithuanian armed forces and ordered by Australia and Great Britain) and ASCOD family (including the Austrian ULAN, the Spanish Pizarro and the British Army’s Scout SV Armoured Fighting Vehicle). Both Boxer and the ASCOD family are among the most advanced and successful armoured vehicles in the world.
Also on showcase at DefExpo is the MTU’s next generation ship automation system – the EM 50-2 Integrated Bridge System. The modern integrated bridge forms the central point of access to all information that is crucial to safe and efficient ship operation. With this new MTU solution, information previously scattered over diverse displays is now collated at a standardized display using a single graphic interface which enables faster overview using an ultra-modern visuals concept.
By making all data available centrally, the information coming from the various sub-systems can be combined and processed using digital analysis. These findings can then be used, for example, to increase availability, reduce life-cycle costs and further enhance operational reliability.
MTU devises its integrated bridge solutions on the basis of in-house expertise and cooperation with strategic partners. MTU began producing ship automation systems as far back as the 1970s, and so far has supplied control and monitoring for over 8000 vessels worldwide.
Recognising the needs of 21st century India, MTU has also augmented its India presence by expanding our presence in Pune. Our operations support sales and servicing of MTU engines. In addition, a talent pool of high skilled engineers at our Engineering Centre in Pune support Research & Development programmes and product development, in particular data analysis, electrical systems and computer aided design engineering.
Through a partnership with Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Rolls-Royce assembles MTU Series 4000 engines for naval vessels at the Diesel Engine Plant in Ranchi. More recently, we also formed a JV with Force Motors – Force MTU Power Systems – to move the entire manufacturing of the Series 1600 engines and generator sets to a dedicated state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Chakan near Pune. The plant will be operational later this year and will cater to both Indian and global markets. Clearly, India is becoming even more important in the company’s global aspirations and Make in India is a key vehicle to achieve that.
For over 100 years, MTU has been known for cutting-edge innovation and technological leadership. That same spirit of innovation inspires our sustainability efforts. Today and in the future, our focus is on developing and implementing system solutions to maximize efficiency and meet emissions standards.
Looking to the future, our ‘Propulsion System Integration’ (PSI) capability will further help in offering of complete drive-line integrated system solutions to naval customers across the world. We are also developing a range of completely integrated hybrid ship propulsion systems under the MTU brand, consisting internal combustion engines, electric drive modules, transmission systems, batteries, monitoring and control systems, in addition to other electronic components. The hybrid propulsion system offers the flexibility of being able to manoeuvre very precisely using the electric motor, or to deliver a powerful bollard pull using the entire power output of the diesel engines and electric motors combined. The combination of diesel engines and electric motors, in addition to batteries, will offer our customers significant benefits in a variety of marine applications.