Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Rolls-Royce signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) this week to establish a support system in India for the highly regarded Rolls-Royce MT30 marine engines.
The HAL-Rolls-Royce partnership will provide packaging, installation, marketing and services support for the MT30 engine, creating a business case for the Indian Navy to consider using the engine for powering and propelling its warships.
The Indian Navy, one of the world’s major warship builders, has not used the MT30 for even a single warship. Most Indian frigates and destroyers are propelled by Ukrainian Zorya turbines or by American General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines.
The UK Government Department for International Trade (DIT) has been actively lobbying New Delhi to power the Indian Navy’s second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2), INS Vishal, with the MT30 engine.