GE, BHEL to jointly develop electric propulsion for the Indian navy

India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant sails out from Kochi for the second phase of sea trials. Indian Navy picture.

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and GE Power Conversion have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop an integrated full electric propulsion system for the Indian Navy.

Signing the MoU is the first step of the India-UK Electric Propulsion Capability Partnership announced on 22 April 2022 by the prime ministers of the UK and India.

In their joint statement, prime ministers announced the establishment of a joint workgroup with the aim of fostering military and industrial collaboration in maritime electric propulsion systems.

“I am delighted that GE Power Conversion and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd 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”, said Defence Minister Jeremy Quin.

With proven ability to support India’s frontline ships, BHEL are perfect partners for this endeavour. This collaboration between GE Power Conversion and BHEL characterises the UK’s commitment to partnership with India in support of India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat and will, I am sure, be the first of many.

According to the parties, with the signing of the MoU, the expertise and facilities of GE Power Conversion and BHEL can be leveraged for quick induction of this technology, combining indigenous manufacture, by the Indian Navy.

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