General Electric (GE) India Industrial (GEIIPL) has received a new contract to provide a comprehensive digital solutions package for the Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.

GEIIPL is a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of US-headquartered GE Aerospace that manages GE Marine’s gas turbine business. The contract has been awarded by Cochin Shipyard (CSL).

Under this contract, the company will deliver digital solutions that will improve the capabilities of LM2500 marine gas turbines equipped with the newly commissioned Vikrant-class indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1).

The digital solutions suite package will comprise GE’s SmartSignal solution that will provide early indications about the equipment’s condition to the Indian Navy. 

Timely indications will allow the Navy to upgrade the equipment that could otherwise cause damage to the engine, resulting in unplanned losses.

It will also minimise the operational risk of the aircraft carrier.

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In addition, the Navy will use the company’s proprietary predictive analytics technology, embedded in the shore-based digital twin of INS Vikrant’s gas turbine engine, to transition to a ‘truly predictive mode’ of operation.

GE Marine Marketing and Business Development director Steve Rogers said: “GE Marine gas turbines are commonly associated with operational excellence and best-in-class reliability.

“With this innovative digital solution offering, which is being managed by our subsidiary GE India Industrial (GEIIPL), GE continues to demonstrate its advanced technologies and commitment to technology programmes in India.”

Commissioned in September last year, the new IAC-1 has been constructed by CSL and designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau.

GE Aerospace key accounts director Rahul Gadre said: “We take tremendous pride in the Indian Navy’s selection of our gas turbine and digital technology and are dedicated to continuing to support our ongoing programmes.”