A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and GE Power Conversion to boost indigenous capability in the field of advanced technology for integrated fully electric propulsion systems for the Indian Navy. By signing the MoU, both GE Power Conversion and BHEL aim to leverage their individual expertise and facilities to accelerate the uptake of the advanced technology.
GE Power Conversion’s electric propulsion systems have been installed on some of the latest US Navy and Royal Navy vessels, including the Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carriers. Electric propulsion systems have been identified as a key technology for new-build Indian Navy vessels and enable flexibility in the selection and layout of power generation equipment and drive elements. The systems will also enhance stealth capabilities and fuel efficiency.
Consisting of powerful electrical networks and equipment, GE Power’s systems are capable of supporting an entire ship’s energy requirements. This includes electrical demand from propulsion systems, high-power sensors, service loads and pulse power for defense systems. The company’s naval technologies are shock rated and have been proven on naval applications ranging from 3MW to 110MW.
“Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP and India’s Shri Narendra Modi announced in their joint statement on the 22 April 2022 the establishment of a Joint Working Group [as part of the] India-UK Electric Propulsion Capability Partnership, with the goal of fostering military and industrial collaboration in maritime electric propulsion systems,” said Jeremy Quin MP, UK Minister of Defence Procurement.
“I am delighted that GE Power Conversion and Bharat Heavy Electricals are signing an MoU today as a first step of an exciting collaborative journey for the UK and India. GE Power Conversion were integral to an industry-government partnership which developed the UK’s world-leading electric propulsion capability currently in operation with our Royal Navy’s Destroyer and Aircraft Carrier fleets. With proven ability to support India’s frontline ships, BHEL are perfect partners for this endeavor.”