Azimuth propulsion systems for UK Ministry of Defence
March 24, 2020
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.