Series 4000 Engines for Naval Vessels to be Assembled in Ranchi
Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) have signed an agreement for the final assembly of MTU 12V and 16V 4000 M90 type engines for naval applications at the latter’s Diesel Engine Plant in Ranchi. An option for the local production of parts in the future was also agreed.
The engines have a rated power of 2,040 and 2,720kW respectively and will be installed in various naval vessels built by GRSE. The agreement includes the transfer of MTU technology related to assembly, testing and painting. MTU and GSRE have a relationship of more than 30 years’ standing, starting with the assembly of MTU Series 538 and 396 engines at Ranchi. Since 2004, GRSE has assembled Series 4000 engines in India from components and parts sourced from MTU; the new agreement is significantly more complex than the work done previously. Ranchi has already assembled more than 100 MTU engines.
“This agreement strengthens our long-standing and successful partnership with MTU. It is an important contribution to our indigenisation programme in line with the government’s ‘Make in India’ strategy. We plan to take forward the partnership between GRSE and MTU and to achieve 40% indigenous content progressively for MTU 4000 series engines,” Rear-Adm. (ret.) V K Saxena, Chairman and Managing Director at GRSE, explained.