French engine manufacturer Safran plans to open an shops in India

A team from French engine manufacturer Safran will travel to India this weekend to form a joint venture with state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to establish a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility for cutting-edge aviation propulsion (LEAP) commercial aircraft engines, giving the government’s ambitious “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” campaign a further boost.

According to sources in the HAL, “other than the joint venture, the two sides will also discuss various initiatives that are in the works.”

The corporation will establish the MRO facility as a part of its offset commitments. The facility will be built with a $150 million investment from Safran, according to sources.

The business will also service engines from Africa and other Asian nations at this site. It should be remembered that the Safran M88 engines are installed in the 36 Rafale fighter jets that the Indian Air Force purchased from France in ready-to-fly condition.

Additionally, choppers like the Dhruv and Rudra have Shakti engines made by Safran in India.

A proposal to jointly build a 125kn thrust engine for the fifth-generation advanced medium combat aircraft twin-engine (AMCA) fighter project was made to the DRDO by the French engine manufacturer in 2019.

During his visit to Paris in February of this year, S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, reviewed the initiative with Florence Parly, the minister of defence of France.

A significant French engine manufacturer will invest in India to produce the engine in a strategic cooperation with an Indian company, the defence minister Rajnath Singh revealed in December 2021. While his French counterpart Florence Parly was visiting India, the news was made.

The Aeronautical Development Agency is designing and developing the AMCA project, which will be a 25-ton jet with an internal payload capacity of 1,500 kg and an exterior payload capacity of 5,500 kg with 6,500 kg of internal fuel.

According to rumours, the Critical Design Review will be finished by the end of the year and will roll out in 2024, with the first flight scheduled for 2025.

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