Azimuth propulsion systems for UK Ministry of Defence


Successful delivery of three Hydromaster deck mounted azimuth propulsion systems, through Babcock International, to the UK, Ministry of Defence.⁣

Each system is self-contained and designed to operate under a variety of conditions.⁣

These systems are fully mechanical, driven by a 150 hp radiator cooled Perkins diesel engine through a reverse reduction gearbox.⁣

Operator control is possible from two positions whereby steering over 360 degrees is accomplished by a hydraulically powered handwheel.⁣

Engine speed is controlled by a mechanical morse cable directly connected to the engine governor.⁣

The transmission driving the propeller will swing almost 180 degrees whereby the thruster can operate at any angle to allow beaching.⁣ ⁣


The UK Ministry of Defence will utilise Hydromaster systems to propel their modular Mexeflote rafts for worldwide deployment.