The SDC, which is the company’s first delivery centre in Asia, is co-located with the Rolls-Royce Engineering Centre.
Bengaluru : The Centre was officially inaugurated by Dominic McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner, Bengaluru, in the presence of Rolls-Royce executives.
It is the first service delivery centre for Rolls-Royce outside the UK and the US and first of its kind in Asia.
With the Indian Air Force (IAF) having publicly acknowledged concerns over the serviceability and in-flight failure of Russian engines that power the Sukhoi-30MKI, and given unacknowledged concerns over the engines on the navy’s MiG-29K, Rolls-Royce’s engine support initiative is significant.
It is, without doubt, a fairly big step by the company featuring in most years in the world’s top four engine companies, along with Pratt & Whitney, GE and Safran, to improve the quality of manufacturing and address issues with the engines used by Indian Air Force.
The centre would have capability to support new engine fleets and will support HAL by enabling “state-of-the art” supply chain management.
The aim is to deliver optimum support possible to over 750 aircraft engines which power the Indian Armed Forces, including, the Adour, which powers both the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer and Jaguar combat aircraft; the Gnome engine, which powers the Sea King; the Dart, which powers the HS748; and the AE2100 and AE3007 engines that power the C-130J Super Hercules and the Embraer 145 airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, respectively, officials said.
Rolls-Royce VP Customer Services India Defence, Shaun Agle said the key aim was to try to be able to deliver more real time solutions to the customers through the MRO support and provide first and second line of support.
A team of 10, including supply chain coordinators and engineers, will hold the SDC at it’s nascent stage, out of the total engineer base of 1600 in India.