The Safran group, a French aeronautical engine manufacturer, will set up an MRO plant in India

A delegation from the French aeronautical equipment manufacturer Groupe Safran led by its CEO Olivier Andries visited Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Tuesday.

“During the meeting, Andries informed Rajnath Singh of Safran’s plans to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in India for the overhaul of LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines used by the Indian and foreign commercial airlines,” said a Ministry of Defense (MoD) press release on Tuesday.

Safran is a leading OEM of advanced aircraft engines for civil and fighter aircraft. Among its most successful products is the M88 jet engine that powers the Rafale fighter.

Safran is one of the options being considered by the Department of Defense to partner with the Defense R&D organization in the development of the indigenous Kaveri engine that would power locally built aircraft, such as the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA ).

“The MRO facility, through a US$150 million foreign direct investment in Hyderabad, is expected to create 500-600 highly skilled jobs. The facility will be able to overhaul more than 250 engines per year initially,” the Department of Defense said.

The Safran CEO also briefed Singh on their plans to inaugurate two subsidiaries – Safran Aircraft Engines and Safran Electrical & Power India Pvt Ltd – both of which will be based in Hyderabad. Safran Electrical & Power India will produce harnesses for civil and fighter aircraft.

In addition, Safran plans to create a joint venture (JV) with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in Bangalore called Safran-HAL Aircraft Engines.

The JV between Safran and HAL will produce rigid pipes for aircraft engines, including helicopter engines. The joint venture should hire 160 new highly qualified employees.

Safran Aircraft Engines, which will be located on 10 acres in a special economic zone in Hyderabad with an investment of 36 million euros, will produce parts and components for advanced aircraft engines, including rotary joints.

Safran’s CEO outlined his company’s long-term plans for co-development and co-production of advanced jet engines and technology transfer in line with current Indian government policy.

He also briefed Singh on Safran’s capabilities in technology areas other than aircraft engines.

The Minister of Defense welcomed new facilities in Hyderabad and the JV in Bengaluru. He stressed the importance that India attaches to the strategic partnership with France.

Singh invited Safran to more co-development and co-production projects in India, in line with the Indian government’s “Make in India, Make for the World” and “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” plans.

“We are a big market. However, we are increasingly focusing on manufacturing in India to meet needs competitively and supply to friendly foreign countries. You can take advantage of all the competitive advantages offered by India, including cost advantages and availability of skilled labor,” Singh said.

The minister affirmed that the two countries can contribute to the capacity building of the other.

Safran Aircraft Engines (formerly Snecma) is a French aircraft engine manufacturer headquartered in Courcouronnes, France. It designs, manufactures and maintains engines for commercial and military aircraft as well as rocket engines for launchers and satellites.

Among Snecma’s most notable developments are the M88 for the Rafale, the Olympus 593 engine for the Concorde, the CFM56/CFM-LEAP for single-aisle airliners and the Vulcan engines for the Ariane 5 rocket.

On the anvil

• Safran plans to set up a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility to overhaul the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines used by commercial airlines

• Safran is one of the options being considered by the MoD to partner with DRDO to develop the Kaveri engine which would power locally built aircraft such as the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

• The facility, with FDI of $150m in Hyderabad, is expected to create 500-600 highly skilled jobs, MoD says

•Safran plans to inaugurate two subsidiaries which will be set up in Hyderabad; he also plans to create a JV with HAL in Bangalore

•JV with HAL will produce rigid pipes for aircraft engines, including helicopter engines; should hire 160 people

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