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   ** CHANAKYA 52nd YEAR ** INDIAN AIR FORCE DAY SPECIAL ISSUE: OCTOBER 2021 ** EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF ** MEDIA PARTNER DSEI 2021 LONDON DEFENCE SHOW REPORT & AUSA 2021 SHOW PREVIEW **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 52nd Year in Defence Publishing: 47th Year of Monthly Publication       

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Navantia S-81 Submarine Launch Ceremony

On 22nd April 2021, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias and Her Royal Highness Infanta Sofia presided over the Launching Ceremony of S-81, the first Submarine of S-80 Class, in Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain).

His Majesty King Felipe VI Presided the Navantia Launching Ceremony of the first S-80 Submarine for the Spanish Navy - the S-81 'Isaac Peral'
The S-81, which will be named 'Isaac Peral', is the first Submarine designed and built in Spain by
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IAF's Dassault Rafale Fighters

A third batch of three Rafale Fighter Jets landed in India on 27th January 2021 evening after flying non-stop from France, in a further boost to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force when India and China are engaged in a bitter border stand-off in Eastern Ladakh. With the arrival of the new batch, the number of the Rafale Fighters with the IAF in India has increased to 11.

Three More Rafale Jets Arrive in India from France
With the arrival of the new batch of 3 Rafales, the number of the Rafale Fighters with the IAF in I
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

At Aero India 2021, Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which IAF operates a fleet, with one of them achieving the daunting feat of landing at the world’s highest landing strip. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an equally impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin offers future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata; and its’ Sikorsky Helicopters the MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and the INDAGO Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

“Committed to Strategic & Long-Term International Defence Partnerships”
The MH-60R Romeo SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for AS
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AIRBUS INDIA

Airbus with its long-standing relationship with the Indian Aerospace and Defence Sector, will have a significant presence at Aero India.

Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities
Transforming India’s Defence and Aerospace Capabilities: by Rémi Maillard, President & Manag
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DASSAULT SYSTEMES AT AERO INDIA 2021

Dassault Systemes stands committed to help the industry with advanced 3D design and engineering solutions powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Digitalization to Realize a thriving Aerospace, Defence and Space Ecosystem
As the leader in the sector for over three decades, Dassault Systèmes works with companies of every
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Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX)

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an Aerospace and Defence Company that provides Advanced Systems and Services for Commercial, Military and Government customers worldwide. With four Industry-Leading Businesses - Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, and Raytheon Missiles & Defense - the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in Avionics, Cyber Security, Directed Energy, Electric Propulsion, Hypersonics, and Quantum Physics.

Raytheon Technologies Corporation: Creates Future of Aerospace & Defence
The merger of Raytheon and United Technologies combined two companies with distinctive legacies in
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INTERVIEW: BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA

Chanakya features this Interview with BORIS SOLOMIAC, General Delegate, MBDA India, who articulates on MBDA’s Range of Missiles for the IAF’s Rafale Fighter; Brimstone Dual-Seeker Missile; MICA IR & RF Missiles for the Upgraded Mirage 2000s of the IAF; MANPADS Missile System offered for VSHORAD & Mistral ATAM for the ALH Rudra WSI & LCHs; ASRAAM for the Jaguar Fighter Upgrade, Naval Missiles and on L&T MBDA Missile Systems Joint Venture established in India.

“Highly Potent Set of Weapons from MBDA that are Unrivalled”
With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile S
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DR. SUDHIR MISHRA, CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, DR. SUDHIR MISHRA, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace, said that they are developing "90-Degree Steep Dive & Surround Attack Capability," a "Carrier-Killer" Weapon. He articulated on the success achieved by various BRAHMOS Variants’ proven capabilities, including the Block-III LACM. On future plans, he elaborated on the Hypersonic BRAHMOS-II(K) Weapon with speeds between Mach 5-7 and the BRAHMOS NG Variant, on the BRAHMOS-A tests of the Airborne Cruise Missile for the IAF’s Su-30MKI Fighter, and on the BrahMos ‘Make-in-India’ initiatives.

“We have been Actively Pursuing the Hypersonic BRAHMOS-II(K)”
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if
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INTERVIEW: Emmanuel De Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

Thales offices and sites are spread across several cities in India, having hundreds of employees working with Thales and its Joint Ventures in India. Thales has been playing an essential role in India’s growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in Defence, Transport & Aerospace markets. Thales' strategy supports 'Make-in-India' Policy and aids the development of the Defence Industrial Base in the country, evident from it’s association with HAL, BEL, BDL, Samtel and L&T Technology Services.

“SPECTRA Electronic Warfare System Boosts Survivability”
EMMANUEL DE ROQUEFEUIL, VP & COUNTRY DIRECTOR, THALES in India, in this Interview to Chanakya, cove
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: R. MADHAVAN, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAL

 In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, R. MADHAVAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Updates us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking like LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000 Upgrade Project, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, Ka-226T, ALH Dhruv, etc.

“HAL is Geared Up to Take Production of 83 LCA Order”
One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in m
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INTERVIEW: ANANDI RAMALINGAM, DIRECTOR MARKETING, BEL

Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL) is the leading Defence Electronics Company in India with several Hi-Tech Capabilities including Missile Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Avionics Systems, Communication Systems, Electro-Optics Systems, Radars, C4I Systems/Solutions, Sonar, Gun Upgrades, Shelters, etc.

“Government Approved the Export of Indigenous Akash Missile System”
Chanakya Interviewed ANANDI RAMALINGAM, DIRECTOR MARKETING, BEL, on it’s Orders, New Products, Expo
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Safran Aircraft Engines

Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, Safran designs, develops, produces and sells, alone or in Partnership, Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, Launch Vehicles and Satellites. Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries.

Safran Military Engines M88
Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran als
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THALES INDIA

Backed by its strong presence in diverse verticals like Defence, Aerospace, Transportation and Digital Identity and Security, Thales has been an unwavering partner to India's ambitious plans and growth storyby sharing its niche technologies and expertise.

Thales: A Steadfast Partner to India's Growth Story
As India marches towards its goal of 'Atmanirbharta' or Self-Reliance, it opens up immense opportun
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MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS

MBDA is not new to Partnership with the Indian Armed Forces and Indian industry, indeed it has been delivering battle-winning capabilities to the Indian Air Force and collaborating with Indian industry for over 50 years.

MBDA Shows Make In India Commitments and Rafale Weaponry at Aero India 2021
MBDA, the maker of the Rafale's game-changing weaponry, is showcasing its Make in India commitments
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RAFAEL

Rafael is a world-leading Developer & Manufacturer of Advanced Weapon Systems, providing forefront Technological Solutions that address the Defensive and Offensive requirements of the Modern Battlefield. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been supporting the Indian Defence Forces with State-of-the-Art Systems, during which Rafael has stood by India to supply systems at short notice in operational contingencies, including Air-to-Air, Air Defence, ATGMs, Targeting & Reconnaissance Pods, SDR Communication, etc.

RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. Designs, Develops, Manufactures and Supplies a wide range of H
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AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW

Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organised by the Ministry of Defence from 3rd to 5th February 2021 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru, with above 540 Aerospace, Aviation & Defence companies/organisations showcasing their products, including Platforms, Weapons, Equipment & Systems, Components, etc. A Special Preview:

AERO INDIA 2021 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
Aero India 2021, the 13th International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition & Air Show, is being organ
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IDEX 2021 SHOW PREVIEW

Global Defence majors compete for deals worth Billions of Dollars at the Middle East’s largest Military Expo, the Tri-Services International Defence Exhibition and Conference - 15th IDEX 2021, which will be held from 21st to 25th February 2021 at Abu Dhabi, UAE. The event features above 1,300 companies including several world leaders.

IDEX 2021 TRI-SERVICES DEFENCE SHOW PREVIEW
Global Defence majors compete for deals worth Billions of Dollars at the Middle East’s largest Mili
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Indian Navy’s Vagir 5th Scorpene Submarine Launched at MDL

On November 12th 2020, INS Vagir was launched by Smt Vijaya Shripad Naik, wife of Shripad Naik, Raksha Rajya Mantri. INS Vagir is the fifth P-75 Scorpene Submarine entirely built by the Indian Shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL)

Launching of Vagir, the Fifth Indian Kalvari-Class Submarine with Scorpene Design, Entirely Made in India
Making its underwater defence stronger, Indian Navy launched the fifth Kalvari-Class Scorpene Subma
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NAVANTIA S-80 PLUS SUBMARINE

Spain’s Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena has successfully carried out the Power-Up activity tests on the S-81 "Isaac Peral" Submarine. The S-81 is the first of four S-80P Class Submarines under construction for the Spanish Navy by Navantia. This is a relevant safety-related commissioning milestone for Navantia prior to the Submarine’s delivery.

Navantia Passes the First Safety Milestone of the S-81 Submarine: The Power-Up
Spain’s Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena has successfully carried out the Power-Up activity tests on
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy says that the immediate focus would be to overcome critical deficient capabilities and concurrently adopt modern 'leap-frogging' technology to create capabilities for accomplishing a range of missions. For Navy Day 2020, Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering Indian Navy’s Modernisation & Expansion Plans, recent Inductions, Naval Acquisitions, including Aircraft Carriers, Surface Combatants, Gun Systems, Missiles, LPDs, FSS, Submarines, MRCBF Carrier-Borne Fighters, Naval Helicopters, RPAS, Aircraft, etc.

“Towards Force Level Augmentation, 43 Ships & Submarines are Under Construction”
For Navy Day 2020, Chanakya Interviewed ADMIRAL KARAMBIR SINGH, Chief of the Naval Staff, covering
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Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines Project

Amongst the five Global Defence Majors selected by the MoD Committee for the P-75(I) Submarines Project is Navantia of Spain. The two Indian Shipyards for the mega 'Make-in-India' Project are L&T Group and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL). Navantia has recently organised more than 100 side meetings and submitted 380 RFIs specific to the P-75(I) Submarine cost items, and targets achieving 500 PTS and nearly 1,500 RFIs within the next 3-4 months.

Navantia S80 Plus Offered for Indian Navy’s P-75(I) Submarines
Navantia is participating in P-75(I) using the basis of the S80 Plus Submarine - the only 3,000 ton
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Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety

Collins Aerospace is part of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, which is a leading Aerospace & Defence Company that provides Advanced Systems and Services for Commercial, Military and Government customers worldwide. It comprises four industry-leading businesses - Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense. This feature on “Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety” is contributed by DON BORCHELT, Business Development Director, ACES II/5, Mission Systems, Collins Aerospace, highlights various aspects of Pilot Safety and new developments in Ejection Seats for New-Generation Combat Aircraft.

Ejection Seats & Pilot Safety
Collins Aerospace specialises in Aerostructures, Avionics, Interiors, Mechanical Systems, Mission S
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The Year of Heron TP

The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP is a Multi-Role, Most Advanced, Long-Range Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for Strategic Missions, equipped with Automatic Taxi Take-Off and Landing Systems (ATOL), Satellite Communication for Extended Range, fully redundant Avionics and much more. The IAI Heron TP UAS was designed as a Multi-Mission Platform to address customers' needs and to perform a variety of Strategic Missions, including Intelligence Gathering, Surveillance,

The Year of Heron TP
Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), using various Payloads, with a high level of reliabi
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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT

The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, with attendance from high-level Military Delegations including India’s Air Chief, Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured exhibitors from over 930 companies from above 45 countries. The Singapore Air Show had major participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included: Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Gulfstream Aircraft, Textron Aviation Aircraft, RSAF Apache & Chinook, Super Puma, Lockheed Martin’s F-16D & F-22 with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 UAS, IAI’s Heron TP UAS, Bell Helicopters, were on display.

SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2020 REPORT
The Singapore Air Show 2020 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 11th to 16th February 2020, w
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First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over

On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale Final Assembly Facility. The event was placed under the high patronage of Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence of India and Ms. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France.

First Indian Air Force Rafale Handed Over
On October 8th, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the h
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1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air Dominance exponentially, as he was formally handed the delivery of the first of 36 Rafales in France. The induction of Rafale Fighter Jets into the Indian Air Force will give a boost to India's Air Dominance exponentially, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said at the Handing-Over Ceremony of the IAF's Rafale Fighter.

1st Rafale Handed Over by France: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says Induction Will Boost India's Air Dominance Exponentially
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the French-made Rafale Combat Jet will boost India's Air D
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Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India

Thales is proud that the IAF has been relying on its high-end Technology Solutions for Combat Aircraft, Air Defence Systems and Sensors, among others to achieve its big ambitions. The Upgrade of Mirage 2000 Fleet is one such example and so is the selection of the Rafale Omni-Role Combat Aircraft by the Indian Air Force.

Thales: A Proud Partner of the Indian Air Force by Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, VP & Country Director, Thales in India
Thales is proud that the IAF has been relying on its high-end Technology Solutions for Combat Aircr
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FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Military. Rolls-Royce Engines power a wide variety of aircraft in the inventory of the IAF - from Combat and Strike Aircraft (the Jaguar, powered by the Adour Mk811) to Trainers (Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer, powered by Adour Mk871) to Strategic Airlift Aircraft (C-130J Super Hercules, powered by AE 2100), and even VVIP and Surveillance Aircraft (ERJ145, powered by AE 3007).

FUTURE OF COMBAT: SUPPORTING TOMORROW'S AIR WARRIORS By Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
Today, more than 750 Rolls-Royce Engines of 10 engine types are powering aircraft of the Indian Mil
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MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force

With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50 years, European Missile company MBDA understands the importance of operational capability and sovereignty to the IAF. MBDA has set up an extensive network of business Partners throughout India. This extensive Indian Supply Chain supports its JV initiatives ready to fulfil ‘Make-in-India’ requirements through its JV with L&T to manufacture Missiles & Components in India. In addition, MBDA continues to work with Indian Public-Sector entities for local Production, Development and Partnership.

MBDA: A Strong Partner of Indian Air Force
With a strong reputation as a reliable Partner that has supported the Indian Air Force for over 50
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seven new P-17A Stealth Frigates at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches Indian Navy's First New P-17A Stealth Frigate INS Nilgiri
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 28th September launched INS Nilgiri, the first of the Navy's seve
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi

On 28th September 2019, INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in presence of Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, CMD MDL Commodore Rakesh Anand (IN Retd.) and several other dignitaries. INS Khanderi is totally built by Indian Shipyard Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) through years of Technology Transfer and Partnership with the Naval Group,  in line with Indian Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ Policy.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Commissions Indigenously-Built Scorpene Submarine INS Khanderi
INS Khanderi, the second of P75 Scorpene-Class Submarines, was commissioned by Defence Minister Raj
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Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter

Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi, where about 30 of Lockheed Martin's Tier 1 Suppliers had the opportunity to meet with over 70 Indian Companies of all sizes to form relationships, assess capabilities, generate Partnerships and further enhance the Government of India's ‘Make-in-India' objectives. Lockheed Martin is looking to expand its Local Suppliers Base in India for their Global Supply Chain in order to fulfill the Offsets Obligations in India, and to increase Indigenous Content of their Offers to Indian Forces, while mainly promoting the new F-21 Fighter for the IAF’s MRFA competition, Sikorsky’s S-76D for the Indian Navy’s NUH, and the MH-60R for the MRH.

Lockheed Martin & Tata Supplier Meet for F-21 Fighter & S-76D Helicopter
Lockheed Martin and Tata hosted a three-day Suppliers Conference in July in New Delhi. Lockheed Mar
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Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA

Vela, the fourth Scorpene-Class Submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched on 6th May 2019, by Mrs Veena Ajay Kumar, wife of Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Vice Admiral A.K. Saxena, CWP&A was also present during the Launching Ceremony.

Launch of Fourth Scorpene Class Submarine - VELA
Vela, the fourth Scorpene-Class Submarine being constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited fo
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Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia

India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to spend US$ 100-150 Billion on Defence Modernisation programmes by 2022. This presents a huge opportunity for Multinational Companies (MNCs) and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to leverage India's fast-growing Aerospace and Defence Sectors.

Rolls-Royce in India: Partnering for Future Success by Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce, India and South Asia
India is in the process of replacing 50 percent of its ageing Defence Equipment. It is expected to
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GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives

General Atomics (GA) and its affiliated companies now constitute one of the world's leading resources for High-Technology Systems ranging from Nuclear fuel cycle to Electromagnetic Systems, Remotely Operated Surveillance Aircraft, Airborne Sensors and Advanced Electronics, Wireless & Laser Technologies.

GENERAL ATOMICS - EMS Deepening Ties Via Strategic Initiatives
GA and its affiliated entities manufacture, operate and service state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Ve
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MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force

MBDA is exhibiting a full range of Missiles and Missile Systems on Stand AB.2.23 designed to provide Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities, including Air Dominance, Strike and Maritime Engagement, for the Indian Air Force.

MBDA Offers Next-Generation Air Combat Capabilities for the Indian Air Force
Aero India 2019 is the first Air Show where L&T MBDA Missile Systems Ltd, MBDA’s Joint Venture with
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HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence

HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, HENSOLDT is one of the market leaders in the field of Civil and Military Sensor Solutions and develops new products based on innovative approaches for Data Management, Robotics and Cyber Security to combat a wide range of threats.

HENSOLDT Leads Sensor Solutions for Defence
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of Technology and Innovation in the field of Defence and Security Electronics
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Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s

Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, dedicated the globally combat proven M777 A2 Ultra Light Howitzers, K9 Vajra-Tracked Self-Propelled Guns and 6x6 Filed Artillery Tractors to the service of the Nation.

Indian Army Artillery Inducts K9 Vajra’s & M777s
Marking a major milestone towards capacity building and capability enhancement of the Indian Army,
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BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, which should see larger numbers of Missiles ordered in the future.

BRAHMOS: World' Best & Fastest Supersonic Precision Strike Weapon
BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is now ready and capable to fulfil export require
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

Indian Air Force is going through a Transformation process acquiring state-of-the-art platforms and systems, and through Upgrades, to boost India’s Air Power Dominance capabilities, with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, LCA Tejas enhancements, C-17s, C-130Js, Do-228s, Avro replacement with C295W MTAs, ALH Rudra, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Mi-17V5s, Chinook Heavy-Lift & Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters taking test-flights, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, more Trainers, etc.
 

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL B. S. DHANOA, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
with Su-30MKIs, Upgraded Mirage 2000s & Jaguars, Rafale MMRCAs, FGFA, LCA Tejas, C-17s, C-130Js, Do
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Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai

Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came calling at Mumbai from 2nd to 6th June 2018. As part of the select group of journalists that were invited to see the LHD and its multitude of capabilities, one can conclude that the capability that this Vessel would bring to the Indian Navy’s Air Power & Amphibious Operations would be manifold

Spanish Navy Navantia LHD Juan Carlos I Visits Mumbai
Navantia Juan Carlos I, the 27,000-tonne Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Spanish Navy came cal
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Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI

IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast. The Air-Launched BrahMos Missile is a 2.5 ton Supersonic Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile with ranges of more than 400 kms.

Successful Firing of BrahMos Air- Launched Missile from Su-30MKI
IAF successfully fired the BrahMos Air Version Anti-Ship Missile from its Frontline Su-30MKI Fighte
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Safran Military Engines M88

Safran Aircraft Engines


Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, Safran designs, develops, produces and sells, alone or in Partnership, Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, Launch Vehicles and Satellites. Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries.


Safran Military Engines M88

Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran also supplies the TP400 Engine for the Airbus A400M Military Transport, via the European consortium Europrop International. The TP400 is the most powerful Turboprop Engine in the West, with 11,600 shaft horsepower. Safran is also a Partner in FCAS (Future Combat Air System), a Franco-British programme to develop a New-Generation Combat Drone.


Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, Safran designs, develops, produces and sells, alone or in Partnership, Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, Launch Vehicles and Satellites. Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. Safran is also a Partner in FCAS (Future Combat Air System), a Franco-British programme to develop a New-Generation Combat Drone. Chanakya feature the Safran M88 powering the Rafale, its Maintenance Training, and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in-India’, including the Manufacturing Plant for LEAP Engines and to make the M88 Engine in India for Future Indian Fighters. Safran Aircraft Engines is implementing its full committment to ‘Make-in-India’.

Safran Military Engines
Safran Aircraft Engines offers engines for different types of Military Aircraft, including Combat Aircraft (M88 for the Rafale and M53 for the Mirage 2000), Training Aircraft (Larzac for the Alpha Jet) and Military Transport Aircraft (TP400 Turboprop for the Airbus A400M, through the European Consortium Europrop International). Safran Aircraft Engines designs, develops, produces and sells engines which power 20 different Types of Aircraft for the Armed Forces in 30 countries all over the world.


With nearly 4,700 Military Engines in Service, Safran Aircraft Engines clearly demonstrates its technological expertise and competitive advantages. In particular, it calls on 60 years of experience in the Design, Production and Support of Military Jet Engines. Wholly designed, developed and produced by Safran Aircraft Engines, the M88 and M53 power the Dassault Aviation Rafale and Mirage 2000, respectively, two of the world's highest performance Multi-Role Fighters. Perfectly suited to a wide range of Combat Missions, these Military Engines have largely proven their qualities in theaters around the world. Above 1.8 Million Flight-Hours have already been logged by the M53 Engines in Service, and M88 has over 700,000 Flight-Hours.


The Military Aircraft Engines developed by Safran Aircraft Engines cover a wide range of Combat, Transport and Training Missions. No matter what the assigned operation, Safran gives today's Armed Forces Engines offering world-class performance and operating costs, combined with local support keyed to their exact requirements. Safran Aircraft Engines develops, produces and supports Military Aircraft Engines that meet its customers' demanding requirements, by drawing on many years of combat-proven performance and a vision largely shared with Aircraft Manufacturers.


Safran Military Engines cover the full range of Defence Missions. Produced by Safran Aircraft Engines alone or in Partnership, these engines power the Rafale and Mirage 2000 Fighters, the A400M Transporter and Boeing aircraft used for Surveillance, In-Flight Refueling and transport.


With about 4,700 engines deployed by some 30 customers from around the world, powering 20 different aircraft types, Safran Aircraft Engines also supports these fleets worldwide via a full slate of Services: on-site presence at Bases, Spare Parts, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), and through-life support packages. Safran Aircraft Engines supports Armed Forces by tailoring its Services to their exact requirements, allowing them to focus on their core Defence Missions. Support Services offered include Combat and Training Aircraft/Strategic and Tactical Support Aircraft.


Combat-proven in theaters around the world: The missions assigned to Combat Aircraft – Air Superiority, Interception, Reconnaissance, Fire Support, Ground Attack, even Nuclear Deterrence – play a decisive role in protecting countries and their citizens. French Armed Forces have deployed Mirage 2000 and Rafale Fighters in recent conflict zones, including Libya, Mali, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Central African Republic. Safran Aircraft Engines' M53 and M88 Engines, powering the Mirage 2000 and Rafale, respectively, have made a significant contribution to the success of these missions, based on proven operational capabilities and reliability in Service.


Fully Committed to ‘Make-in-India’
During the visit by India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to the Safran Aircraft Engines Villaroche Facility near Paris in October 2019, Safran Aircraft Engines CEO reiterated the importance of the close ties of unity between the company and India in the Civil and Military Sectors. The visit took place the day after the official handover of the first Rafale Fighter Jet to the Indian Air Force at Dassault Aviation's Mérignac Facility in France. India was especially interested in the Assembly Line of the M88, the Engine designed and built by Safran Aircraft Engines for the Dassault Aviation Rafale. The Engine’s exceptional performance - up to 7.5 tons of thrust with afterburner - is a direct result of Safran's expertise, as reflected in advanced technologies such as Blisks (Integrally Bladed Disks) and Powder-Metallurgy Disks, Ceramic Coated Single-Crystal High-Pressure Turbine Blades and Microstructural Composites. Deployed from 2007 in Afghanistan, the M88-powered Rafale took part in Operation Harmattan in Libya in 2011 and has since been involved in interventions in Mali and Iraq. The manoeuverability and carefree handling afforded by the M88 were widely recognised in these theaters of operations.


The M88 has clocked up more than 700,000 Flight Hours since 2004 and powers the Rafales operated by the French Air Force and Navy. It will also power the aircraft ordered by the Rafale Consortium's three export customers: Egypt, which has ordered 24 aircraft, Qatar 36 and India 36. With 96 Rafales ordered by export countries to date, export sales now equate to more than half of France's order for 180 aircraft. As a result of these international successes, Safran Aircraft Engines had earlier launched a programme to modernise its Industrial Facilities and triple Production Capacities for the M88 Engine.


Safran Military Engines’ M88-2 Engines to be ‘Made-in-India’
France’s biggest Jet Engine Maker Safran Aircraft Engines is ready to make Fighter Engines and Ancillaries in India. While France is willing to offer more Rafale Fighters to India, Safran’s offer of making the Safran (Snecma) M88 Engines in India, four years from the day the contract is signed, is a welcome proposal. Not only will the M88 Engines be used by Rafale Fighters, but these can also be deployed to power the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mark-II Medium Weight Fighters (MWF) and the Twin-Engine 5th Generation Advanced Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (AMCA) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The IAF plans to buy 83 LCA Mark-1A Fighter Jets, taking the total number of Tejas Variants ordered to 123. Safran is said to be willing to offer engines with no third-country Spare Parts so that no additional approvals are needed, and with 100% Indigenisation. The French offer may come up for discussion during Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla’s visit to France, the UK and Germany, starting from Paris. While DRDO can continue developing its own Fighter Engine Kaveri, the Safran Engine will fill the gaps between Development and Manufacturing.


Safran M88: Proven Performance and Reliability
Dassault Aviation's Rafale Fighter Jet is powered by two M88 Engines. This Turbofan Bypass Engine is designed, developed and produced by Safran Aircraft Engines. It delivers 7.5 tons of thrust with afterburner. The M88 develops 16,500 pounds of thrust with afterburner, and harbours growth potential of 20%. It is ideally suited to both low-altitude penetration and high-altitude Interception Missions, thanks to its exceptionally carefree handling. In just 4 Seconds - the time needed for an M88 to reach maximum power, i.e. 16,500 lbs with afterburner, with 1500°C being the M88 Turbine inlet temperature.


Today's Armed Forces demand maximum Force Projection Capability, coupled with a minimal logistics footprint. Both dispatch reliability and maintainability were built into the M88 from the outset. The M88's fully Modular Design facilitates all Maintenance Operations. It is also perfectly integrated in the Rafale's Airframe, which means that it can be removed and reinstalled in less than an hour by two Crew Members. The Rafale is also the only Combat Aircraft in the world that can return to flight status after its engines have been removed for On-site Servicing, without having to undergo a new bench test. It takes just 1 hour and only 2 persons to remove and reinstall an M88 Engine on a Rafale Fighter.


Based on the Development Programme defined by Dassault Aviation and French Defence Procurement Agency DGA, Safran Aircraft Engines has started development work on the M88 to offer the best technological solutions for the Rafale Standard 4 by about 2023. Standard 4 incorporates feedback from Rafale operations, and is the first Aircraft Upgrade to include an Engine Upgrade too. Safran Aircraft Engines started work on M88 Engine Upgrades in January 2019. These changes will enable the company to offer solutions that are better suited to the current Aircraft Standard and will also match the requirements of the Rafale Standard 4, towards 2023.


The Standard 4, which integrates operating feedback, is the first Rafale Upgrade that also includes an Engine Upgrade. As part of this new Standard, Safran Aircraft Engines is focusing on Electronics, both on the Aircraft (the Electronic Engine Control) and on the Ground (SPAD System). These New Solutions offer greater Data Storage Capacity, faster Data Transmission to Ground Stations and more efficient analysis. The main objective is to improve dispatch reliability by enabling Predictive Maintenance based on a Big Data approach.


Technical Characteristics: Thrust with Afterburner (lbf)   16,860; Dry Thrust (lbf) 11,240; Specific fuel consumption with afterburner [(lb/lbf.h)] 1.66; Specific fuel consumption without afterburner [(lb/lbf.h)] 0.78; Airflow Rate (lb/s) 143.30; Turbine entry temperature (K) 1,850 (2,870.6°F); Pressure Ratio 24.50; Bypass Ratio 0.30; Length (in) 139.29; Inlet Diameter (in) 27.40; Weight (lbs) 1,977.55.


Safran M88 Maintenance Training Center at the Istres Air Force Base in South France
On December 3rd, 2019, Safran Aircraft Engines had inaugurated the Maintenance Training Center for the Rafale’s M88 Engine at French Air Base 125 in Istres, Southern France. This State-of-the-Art Maintenance Training Center includes the latest Educational Tools, such as Virtual and Augmented Reality. To carry out this project, Safran Aircraft Engines benefited from the support of the French Air Force, the DGA’s Flight Testing Department, the Istres Air Base, the Istres Defence Infrastructure Department and Dassault Aviation, which also has a Facility at the Air Base. This new SafranTraining Center further strengthens the long-standing Partnerships established with its customers at Air Base 125. In line with the dynamic export performance of the Rafale Fighter, this Project allows Safran to continue offering  customers real World-Class Support.


Both the French Air Force and Navy expect the M88-Powered Rafale Fighter to stay in Service beyond 2060, therefore the need to develop Support Capabilities for the next 40 years, wth the synergies being developed between Safran Aircraft Engines’ new Training Center in Istres and EPNER1 to support all Rafale Users, both in France and abroad.


Since late October 2019, Safran Aircraft Engines has welcomed 12 Mechanics from the Indian Air Force (IAF), which had taken the delivery of India’s first Rafale Fighters. The Istres Air Base has specialised since 1962 in the Ground and Flight Testing of Commercial and Military Engines developed by Safran Aircraft Engines, whether alone or in Partnership. Another key asset for Rafale and M88 Tests is the fact that Safran Aircraft Engines, the French Air Force, the DGA and Dassault Aviation are all present at Air Base 125. In 2017, Safran Aircraft Engines started a new open-air Test Cell in Istres for tests of the Open Rotor Demonstrator and Future Engines to be developed by the company. This facility reflects a dynamic Regional Cluster organised around the Istres Test Center, which enjoys strong support from Public Authorities and Partnerships formed with local industry and academia in the area.


Safran Aircraft Engines designs, produces, sells, alone or in Partnership, Commercial and Military Aircraft Engines offering world-class performance, reliability and environmental-friendliness. Through CFM International, Safran Aircraft Engines is the world's leading supplier of Engines for Short and Medium-haul Commercial Jets as well.


Rafale Engine Manufacturer Safran Offers to Help India Develop First Indigenous Fighter Engine
French Aerospace Company Safran, the Manufacturer of M88 Engines for Rafale Fighter Jets, has expressed its willingness to help India develop its first Indigenous Fighter Aircraft Engine. A proposal was sent to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) about this earlier, while briefing the visiting Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Safran Aircraft Engines’ Military and Civil Projects in India. Safran had sent the Proposal willing to Transfer the Technology and this could be the way forward for the first Indigenous Fighter Aircraft Engine. It will be a big boost for 'Make-in-India' if the proposal works out, and as reported, it also meant that India would be able to export the Engines to any country that uses the Rafale Fighter.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier visited the Safran Aircraft Engines Facility in Villaroche near Paris, a day after receiving the first Rafale Fighter Jet for the Indian Air Force. There he was given a presentation and did a tour of the facility on Indian interests. As per a report, studies have also been done for the possibility of Manufacturing an Indigenous Engine for the Indian-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.


India and France expect further enhancement of their ties, especially in the arena of Defence Cooperation. "We will support the 'Make-in-India' Policy. Let us look at the future. You didn't just opt for a fighter, but opted for enhancement of Military Partnership. We will do our best to meet your requirement," French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly had said after the induction of the Rafale Fighter.


The two Ministers met for the Defence Dialogue and reviewed the status of bilateral cooperation in the field, which is a key pillar of the India-France Strategic Partnership.


Demonstrator Phase Launched: Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Takes Major Step Forward
The Governments of France and Germany have awarded Dassault Aviation, Airbus, together with their Partners Safran, MTU Aero Engines, MBDA and Thales, the initial framework contract (Phase 1A), which launches the Demonstrator Phase for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS).


This framework contract covers a first period of 18 months and initiates work on developing the Demonstrators and maturing cutting-edge technologies, with the ambition to begin flight tests as soon as 2026.
Since early 2019, the Industrial Partners have been working on the Future Architecture as part of the programme's so-called Joint Concept Study. Now, the FCAS programme enters into another decisive phase with the launch of the Demonstrator Phase.


This phase will, in a first step, focus on the main technological challenges per domains:
Next Generation Fighter (NGF), with Dassault Aviation as Prime Contractor and Airbus as Main Partner, to be the core element of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS);
Unmanned Systems Remote Carrier (RC) with Airbus as Prime Contractor and MBDA as Main Partner;
Combat Cloud (CC) with Airbus as Prime Contractor and Thales as Main Partner,
Engine with Safran as Prime Contractor and MTU as Main Partner.
A Simulation Environment will be Jointly Developed between the involved companies to ensure the consistency between the Demonstrators.


The launch of the Demonstrator Phase underlines the political confidence and determination of the European FCAS Partner Nations and the Associated Industry to move forward and cooperate in a fair and balanced manner. The increased momentum enables industry to deploy the necessary resources and best capabilities to develop this decisive European Defence Project. FCAS will be the cornerstone project guaranteeing Europe's future operational, industrial and technological sovereignty.


The next important step in the FCAS programme will be the onboarding of Spain and the involvement of additional Suppliers from Phase 1B onwards, which will succeed Phase 1A after its successful conclusion.


Safran & MTU Aero Engines Step Forward for the Engine of the Next-Generation Fighter (NGF)
The European FCAS (Future Combat Air System) programme took a major step ahead with Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines earlier settling the details concerning their eye-level Partnership to develop the Future Engine of the Next-Generation European Fighter Aircraft NGF. This industrial agreement relies on the principles of the Letter Of Intent (LOI) signed between the two companies in February 2019, which specifies that Safran will take the lead in Engine Design and Integration, and MTU Aero Engines will take the lead in Engine Services. In the framework of the contractual scheme defined by France and Germany, Safran Aircraft Engines will be the Prime Contractor and MTU Aero Engines, the Main Partner for the First Phase of Research and Technology (Phase 1A). The two Partners also agreed on the foundation of a 50/50 Joint Venture that will be incorporated by the end of 2021 to manage the development, the production and the after-sales support activities of the New Engine that will power the Next-Generation Fighter (NGF). This agreement was a major step forward, which reflects Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines' willingness to ensure a strong and effective management of the programme relying on a balanced Partnership and clear accountabilities.


Partnering ‘Make-in-India’
Safran Aircraft Engines’ CEO had earlier reiterated the importance of the Partnership between Safran Aircraft Engines and India in the Civil Sector, as most India-based Airlines are customers, since they operate the CFM56 and/or LEAP Engines. The number of Commercial Aircraft Engines in Service in India is above 468 CFM56s and 112 LEAPs, with another contract with Indian Carrier IndiGo at to supply LEAP-1A Engines for 280 A320neo Aircraft.


Safran Aircraft Engines is fully committed to the ‘Make-in-India’ Policy championed by New Delhi. This initiative aims to foster major Partnerships in India and attract local investment by outside companies. Safran Aircraft Engines is actively involved in ‘Make-in-India’ through the Joint Company with HAL - which produces pipes for Commercial Aircraft Engines and which relocated to Bangalore and a New Facility in Hyderabad opened in 2020, which makes Rotating Parts for the LEAP Engines. Safran Aircraft Engines is also working through Safran Engineering Services India and a network of In-country Suppliers, which will now have access to global markets through their role on the LEAP programme. These entities are helping Safran develop a Local Supply Chain for the LEAP in India. In Aftersales Support, Safran Aircraft Engines also operates a Training Center in Hyderabad, which delivers training for over 500 Maintenance Technicians a year.


A new India Maintenance Facility is also being discussed for India. India is set to become the third-largest market for Commercial Aviation. So it makes sense for Safran to have a Local MRO Facility directly serving its Indian customers. India will be able to share the LEAP's success. The Eco-System Safran is building around its Commercial Engines will be a decisive enabler for the Production of Military Engines in India. All these initiatives are also helping it meet the Offset Obligations committed as part of the Rafale contract.


Safran Builds New Plant in India to Make Parts for LEAP Engine
Safran Aircraft Engines has built a new plant in Hyderabad to make parts for the LEAP Turbofan Engine from the CFM International JV. Supported by the Telangana State, Safran invested 36 Million Euros in this new Engine Plant, which covers 13,000 Sqm (140,400 sq ft), including 8,000 sqm (86,400 sq ft) of Workshops, in the Special Economic Zone of GMR near the Airport. Construction had kicked off in June 2019 for the building and production of the first parts were started in 2020. The LEAP Engine Plant had about 50 employees to launch operations, and will reach a workforce of 300. All employees will benefit from a complete Training Programme. The Plant will be based on Safran's highest standards for industrial processes and machinery, including real-time monitoring of production parameters, and the latest integrated inspection methods.


By opening a new chapter in its long history with the Indian Aerospace Industry, thus reasserting Safran's commitment to the ‘Make-in-India’ Strategy. Aerospace continues to be a significant driver of India's growth, and Safran wants to fully support this dynamic by bolstering its Investments and Training Programme in the country.


Safran had selected Hyderabad to establish its Safran Aircraft Engines Manufacturing Plant, thus joining the league of other Global OEMs who are already manufacturing and exporting from Telangana.


When the Safran Engine Plant hits cruise speed in 2023, it will be able to deliver 15,000 Parts per year to support the LEAP's sustained production rate. CFM is set to deliver upto 2,000 Engines in 2020-21. The New-Generation LEAP entered service in 2016 and powers more than 700 Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX Commercial Airliners, including 54 operated by Indian Airlines.


Safran in India
Safran has operated in India for some 65 years, and now has over 600 employees at seven companies, which provide Design, Production and Support Services for Aerospace and Defence, plus a Maintenance Training Center in Hyderabad for CFM Engines. Opened in 2010, this Center can train more than 500 technicians a year. Safran had already announced in 2018 the construction of a Safran Electrical & Power Factory to produce LEAP Engines Harnesses and Rafale Fighter Electrical Wiring Interconnections Systems. Also located in the Special Economic Zone, this 4,000 sqm factory was delivered in 2019 and has about 250 people.


With the new Safran Aircraft Engines Plant in Hyderabad, Safran is expanding its local footprint, while also leveraging synergies with the Indian Aerospace Industry. The LEAP Engine is manufactured by CFM International, which is a 50/50 Joint Company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE. Safran Helicopter Engines has set-up a JV with HAL in Goa for Helicopter Engines MRO business.


Safran is an International High-Technology Group, operating in Aviation - Aircraft Propulsion and Equipment, Space and Defence markets. Safran has a global presence, with 81,000 employees and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap. Safran Aircraft Engines Designs, Produces, Sells, alone or in Partnership, Commercial and Military Aircraft Engines offering world-class performance, reliability and environmental-friendliness. Through CFM International, Safran Aircraft Engines is the world's leading Supplier of Engines for Short and Medium-haul Commercial Jets. Safran designs, develops and produces a wide range of Engines and Propulsion Systems, plus Associated Support Services, through its companies and Partnerships, by calling on unexcelled skills, high-value-added technologies, with World-Class Production Facilities. Safran Aircraft Engines cover all market segments, from Commercial Aircraft Engines for Mainline and Regional Airplanes, to Business Jet Powerplants, and Engines for Military Transport, Training, Combat, Surveillance and In-Flight Refueling Missions. Safran Strategy is built around a shared vision with Customers & Partners.