Azimuth propulsion systems for UK Ministry of Defence
March 24, 2020
Hydromaster Series 3 Outboard Propulsion Systems were delivered to the DE&S Boats team in Southampton for use on their Mexeflote landing raft for worldwide deployment. More details on this unique modular type raft on page 11 of Desider.
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 to facilitate comapct storage and deployment. During operation the thruster can work at any angle to allow beaching.