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** CHANAKYA 55th YEAR ** 15th JANUARY 2024 INDIAN ARMY DAY SPECIAL ISSUE ** EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ARMY CHIEF ** MEDIA PARTNER - WINGS INDIA 2024 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW ** MEDIA PARTNER - EGYPT DEFENCE EXPO 2023 SPECIAL SHOW REPORT **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 55th Year in Defence Publishing: 50th Year of Monthly Publication       

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South Korea Selects the Embraer C-390 Millennium

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has recently announced Embraer’s C-390 Millennium as the winner of the Large Transport Aircraft (LTA) II public tender to provide the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) with new Military Transport Aircraft.

ROKAF Will be Asia’s First C-390 Millennium Operator & 7th Nation to Select C-390s
South Korea is the C-390 Millennium’s first customer in Asia. Under the signed contract, Embraer wi
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MBDA Missiles Systems

MBDA is ready to consider integration of Brimstone Missiles onto the MQ-9B Predator, which are to be procured by India, according to an MBDA official, speaking to a select group of journalists from India visiting the Missile Leaders’ Facilities in UK’s Bolton and France.

MBDA Missiles Systems for Indian Armed Forces
A select group of journalists from India visited the MBDA Missile Systems’ Facilities in UK’s Bolto
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: GENERAL MANOJ PANDE, CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF (COAS)

Chanakya Interviewed GENERAL MANOJ PANDE, CHIEF OF THE ARMY STAFF (COAS), who briefly covered some ARMY programmes of Modernisation, including Emergency Weapons Procurements, Air Defence, Drones & Unmanned and Autonomous Systems (UAS); Automation, Digitization, Networking, including ACCCS, SAMA (Situational Awareness Module), ANUMAAN and Battlefield Surveillance System, etc. On the occasion of the 76th Army Day 2024, we feature the Exclusive Interview of the Army Chief with Chanakya:

“The Military Role of Unmanned Weapon Systems is Growing at Unprecedented Rates”
Indian Army is going through a Transformation process acquiring State-of-the-Art Weapon Platforms a
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF

ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said “The Navy is steadfastly striving for rapid modernisation of the force through indigenous route and is committed to becoming fully AtmaNirbhar by 2047.” He spoke about the future plans of the Indian Navy and the various Air Operations integration trials undertaken on the deck of INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF “Towards Capacity & Capability Building of the Navy, 67 Ships & Submarines are Under Construction”
For Indian Navy Day 2023, CHANAKYA Interviewed CNS ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR covering Indian Navy’s Mod
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Prime Minister Modi Flies Sortie in LCA Tejas

On 25th November 2023, in a historic milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew a sortie in the indigenously designed, developed and manufactured Tejas Twin-Seater Light Combat Fighter Aircraft at Bengaluru. During the 30-minute sortie, capabilities of Fighter Aircraft Tejas were demonstrated to the PM.

Prime Minister Modi Flies in the Indigenously-Manufactured Twin-Seater Fighter LCA Tejas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew a sortie in the Tejas Twin-Seater Light Combat Fighter Aircraft a
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NAVANTIA S-81 SUBMARINE

On the 30th of November, 2023, the S-81 Isaac Peral Submarine has been commissioned to the Spanish Navy. It is the first boat of the series of 4 that have been designed and built entirely by Navantia for the Spanish Navy.

SPANISH NAVY’S NAVANTIA S-80 SUBMARINE, IN SERVICE
After this key milestone of the S-80 Programme, the Spanish Navy will have in service one of the mo
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MBDA NAVAL MISSILES

MBDA is proud to celebrate Indian Navy Day 2023, and to mark a long history supporting the Indian Navy with the highest performing Missile Systems. From Anti-Ship Missiles, to Air Defence Systems, and the latest in Naval Aviation Weaponry, MBDA has supported the Indian Navy for decades and is committed to continuing to do so today and into the future, says Ludovic Dumont, General Delegate, MBDA India Private Limited.

MBDA Celebrates Indian Navy Day 2023 by Ludovic Dumont, General Delegate, MBDA India Private Limited
MBDA well understands the importance of operational capability and sovereignty to the Indian Navy a
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Embraer C-390 Millennium Medium Military Transport Aircraft

The Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of the Czech Republic announced the start of negotiations on potential acquisition of the New-Generation Multi-Mission Embraer C-390 Millennium, a Tactical Military Transport Aircraft. The Czech Republic's Ministry of Defence has identified the C-390 as the most suitable solution for meeting the requirements of the Army of the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic Selects the Embraer C-390 Millennium as its Next Medium Military Transport Aircraft
The Embraer Defense & Security's New-Generation Multi-Mission Embraer C-390 Millennium, a Tactical
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DUBAI AIR SHOW PREVIEW

The 18th Dubai Air Show 2023 is being held at DWC Dubai from 13th to 17th November 2023. The Dubai Air Show will have about 160 Aircraft displays, with 1,200 Plus exhibitors from above 50 countries. Dubai Air Show 2023 visitors view the thrills of Al Fursan, the UAE Aerobatic Team and other fascinating Air Displays including the IAF’s LCA Tejas, which flew last time.

DUBAI AIR SHOW 2023 SPECIAL SHOW PREVIEW
Dassault Aviation’s Rafale & Mirage 2000-9 Fighters; Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet & F-15 Fighters,
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1st Airbus C-295MW Inducted into IAF

“C-295 Will Bolster the Medium Lift Tactical Capability of IAF”: RM Rajnath Singh

The formal induction of the First Airbus C-295MW Transport Aircraft into the IAF took place on 25th September 2025 in an Induction Ceremony held at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. This Medium Lift Tactical Aircraft, which is capable of taking off and landing from unprepared landing grounds, will replace the HS-748 Avro Aircraft.

First Airbus C-295MW Transport Aircraft Inducted into the Indian Air Force
While the first 16 of the 56 contracted Airbus C-295MW aircraft will be delivered to the IAF in a '
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF

“Procurement of Six AEW&C Mk-II
is Underway”

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 Dominance Capabilities, with 36 New Rafales, 51 Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk-1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, Avro replacement with 56 C-295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk-IV, Prachand Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, SAAW, etc. either have been inducted or are in final stages of procurement.

AIR CHIEF INTERVIEW
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

Safran is an International High-Technology Group operating in the Aviation (Propulsion, Equipment & Interiors), Defence & Space markets. Safran has Aircraft Engines for Mainline & Regional Airplanes, to Business Jet Powerplants, & Engines for Military Transport, Training, Combat, Surveillance & In-Flight Refueling Missions. Safran has a global presence and holds world or regional leadership positions in its core markets.

Safran Aircraft Engines and India Shine on the Champs Élysées
Safran Aircraft Engines has been a trusted partner to the Indian Air Force for over 4 decades. The
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Creation of Theatre Commands Delayed

The much-awaited Military Reform of creating Integrated Theatre Commands, which will entail having all War-Fighting Assets and Forces under a single Commander for a specific geographical area, is not expected to take place anytime soon. The Theatre Commands are inevitable and will be eventually formed as the delay is only to bring about a wider consensus.

Creation of Theatre Commands Delayed: No Consensus Yet, CDS For Wider Consultations on Tri-Services Jointness in Operations
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan has been reportedly asked to reach a wider consen
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INTERVIEW: WILLIAM L. BLAIR, VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LOCKHEED MARTIN INDIA

At Aero India 2023, Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which the IAF operates a fleet. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin announced the future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata Advanced Systems; and its’ Multi-Mission Rotorcraft, like Sikorsky’s MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

“F-21 Would Serve As a Force Multiplier for the Indian Air Force”
The MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for ASW/ASuW
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INTERVIEW: LUDOVIC DUMONT, COUNTRY HEAD MBDA & MBDA INDIA GENERAL DELEGATE

MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles & Missile Systems, which designs & produces Missiles & Missile Systems for the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea & Air. The MBDA Group offers a range of 45 Missile Systems & Counter-Measures products already in operational service, including MBDA’s Range of Missiles for IAF’s Rafale Fighters, and over 15 missiles in development stage. Chanakya Interviews LUDOVIC DUMONT, Country Head MBDA & MBDA India General Delegate, who articulates on MBDA’s Range of Missiles for the IAF’s Rafale, & Rafale-M Fighter, including the Meteor BVRAAM & SCALP Missiles; MICA IR & RF Missiles for the Rafale & Upgraded Mirage 2000s of the IAF; Mistral ATAM for the ALH Rudra WSI & LCHs; ASRAAM Missiles for the Jaguar Fighter Upgrade & for the Tejas LCA Mk.1A.

“Tejas LCA Mk.1A to be Armed with MBDA ASRAAM Missile”
Ludovic Dumont also informs about the MBDA Brimstone & new AKERON MP Missiles; and MBDA’s Naval Mis
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INTERVIEW: JAJATI MOHANTY, CEO, SCHIEBEL INDIA

Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System is a proven capability for Military & Civilian Applications. The Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) UAS needs no prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It operates day and night, under adverse weather conditions, with a range out to 200 km, both on Land and at Sea. The S-100 navigates automatically via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or can be operated directly with a Pilot Control Unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a simple point-and-click graphical user interface.

“Camcopter S-100 is a Mission-Proven Asset”
High-definition Payload Imagery is transmitted to the Control Station in real-time. Using "fly-by-w
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INTERVIEW: ASHISH SARAF, VICE PRESIDENT & COUNTRY DIRECTOR, THALES IN INDIA

For almost decades, Thales has been Partnering the Indian growth story by sharing its technologies and expertise in Defence, Aerospace, Transport and Digital Identity & Security markets. Over the years, it has developed a mature industrial footprint in the country's Defence Sector via a diverse range of high-tech products, services, and collaborations, supporting the Indian Armed Services' Modernisation efforts.

“BDL is Progressing Well to Bring STARStreak MANPAD System to India”
Thales provides several State-of-the-Art Equipment & Systems aboard the Rafale Fighter - ‘Game-Chan
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: BHANU PRAKASH SRIVASTAVA, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL)

BEL, a Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Defence, is India’s leading Defence & Strategic Electronics Company, having the capabilities & expertise in Defence Electronics Domain. BEL produces Radar and Fire Control Systems, Weapon Systems, Communication, Network Centric Systems (C4I), Electronic Warfare Systems, Avionics, Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems & Sonars, Electro-Optics, Tank Electronics, Gun Upgrades, etc.

“BEL is Fast Expanding its Global Presence”
BEL has also been addressing the Non-Defence market by offering high quality products & solutions,
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AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE

With PM Modi laying the foundation stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility to manufacture C295 Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) through collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain, the project is now underway in Gujarat. Out of 56, 40 C295 MTAs will be manufactured in India by the TATA Consortium. Interest is now shifting towards the C295 MPA - Maritime Patrol Aircraft, which is to be acquired by the Indian Navy, and is one of the multiple C295MW Variants manufactured by Airbus.

Airbus Remains Committed to Developing India’s Defence Industry
The focus is also back on the pending acquisition of the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ATUL DINKAR RANE, DG BRAHMOS, DRDO and CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, for which the company has received new missiles orders. There is interest in BRAHMOS in South-East Asia, Middle East & Latin America, after an order from Philippines.

“Top-Most Priority is the Design and Development of BRAHMOS-NG”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, 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 Dominance Capabilities, with 36 New Rafales, Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk.1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, 56 C295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk.IV, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, either been inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations.

“IAF Plans to Induct Six Squadrons of the MRFA in a Phased Manner”
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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INDIAN NAVY CHIEF EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said “Considering the indigenous expertise available with respect to design and construction of IAC-1, a repeat order of IAC-1 with suitable modifications to incorporate lessons learnt from IAC-1 and future capabilities envisaged is being explored.”

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF: “AoN has been Accorded for Acquisition of 49 Ships & Six Submarines”
On the larger IAC-II, he said “The AoN for the project would be progressed in due course of time.”
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Navantia, Reliable Partner for India

Spain’s Navantia has a long success story in the international market, as the result of the National Programmes for the Spanish Navy. Regarding the LPD programme, Navantia is Partnering with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) with a solution based on the Spanish Navy Juan Carlos I Class LPD, a superior design when it comes to perform an Expeditionary Force Deployment in a delicate scenario. It is an outstanding design trusted by the Spanish Navy, the Turkish Navy, and the Royal Australian Navy, where the ships play a major role in the international activity.

Navantia Is Currently Participating in Several International Cooperation Programmes
Navantia is also participating in the Submarine competition P-75(I) for the Indian Navy, with the S
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KONGSBERG NAVAL STRIKE MISSILE - NSM

KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace, a subsidiary of KONGSBERG, is Norway's premier supplier of Defence & Aerospace-related Systems & Solutions, including products & systems for Command & Control, Information, Data Handling, Surveillance, Communications Solutions, Space Technology, Missiles and Remotely Controlled Systems. In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, elaborated on the NSM & JSM success story.

INTERVIEW: JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace AS
In an Exclusive Interview to Chanakya, JOHNNY STØA, Regional Marketing Director, Missile Systems, K
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GARDEN REACH SHIPBUILDERS

Indian Navy Day is also proud moment for GRSE as the organisation has been associated with the Indian Navy for long and over the last six decades, we have primarily been building Warships and other Vessels for the country's Navy and Coast Guard. From Frigates, Corvettes, Fleet Tankers, Landing Ship Tank, Landing Craft Utility to Survey Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Fast Attack Craft - the repertoire is rich and varied, says Cmde P. R. Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited, in this Special Guest Contribution.

GRSE: Creating New Horizons in Maritime Security by Cmde P. R. Hari, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited
Over last 61 years, GRSE has built 788 Platforms including 107 Warships for Indian Navy, Indian Coa
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C295MW AIRLIFTERS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility - the country’s first in the Private Sector in Vadodara, Gujarat on October 30th, 2022. The facility will manufacture C295 Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) through collaboration between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and Airbus Defence and Space S.A., Spain.

Prime Minister Modi Lays Foundation Stone of C295 Transport Aircraft Manufacturing Facility in Vadodara
This is the first project of its kind in which a Military Aircraft will be manufactured in India by
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DASSAULT AVIATION RAFALE-M FOR INDIAN NAVY

With the Deliveries of all 36 IAF Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed, and the Indian Navy having already tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy’s Carrier-Fighter Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the Indian Navy as well, which is soon starting its trials of the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Variant on its Aircraft Carrier, and can go for 26 Rafale-Marine Variants, in a competition with Boeing’s F/A-18, which has heated up now.

RAFALE - MARINE Force Multiplier at Sea
While 325 Rafales Fighters have been ordered (133 for export) and 239 delivered by the end of 2021,
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IAI's DEFENCE SYSTEMS

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a world-class Aerospace and Defence Company innovating and delivering state-of-the-art technologies in Space, Air, Land, Naval, Cyber & Homeland Security for Defence and Commercial markets. In India, IAI’s Weapon Systems & Unmanned Systems are in Service with the Indian Defence Forces, with IAI opening new Subsidiaries in India and signing MoUs with HAL.

IAI’s Strategic & Tactical Systems
IAI provides customers with tailor-made, cutting-edge solutions to the unique challenges they face
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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES

Recently, the CEO of French Aircraft Engine Maker SAFRAN called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and briefed the RM on Safran’s Mission in India. A World-Leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines powers some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Engine for Rafale Fighters. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters are global benchmarks

French Aircraft Engine Maker SAFRAN Group CEO Meets Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Chanakya features the Safran M88 Engine powering the Rafale Fighters and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in
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Navantia, Reliable Partner for India

Navantia is attending Defexpo 2022 with the commitment of strengthening ties with the Indian Industry, finding ground for collaboration and for developing further the promising future of the Naval Industry in India. The company is confident in bringing its best endeavour and commitment in order to meet both the Indian Navy needs and the Government’s AtmaNirbhar Bharat strategy in the Defence Sector.

Navantia, Reliable Partner for India
Navantia is attending Defexpo 2022 with the commitment of strengthening ties with the Indian Indust
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INTERVIEW: William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India

Lockheed Martin presents the C-130J Super Hercules, of which the IAF operates a fleet. The Lockheed Martin F-21 Fighter Jet, an equally impressive Multi-Mission Platform, for which Lockheed Martin announced the future potential production in India in Partnership with Tata Advanced Systems; and its’ Multi-Mission Rotorcraft, like Sikorsky’s MH-60R, S-92, CH-53K & S-76; the Javelin - the world’s most versatile Precision Weapon System, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopter is one of the world’s most advanced Maritime Helicopters for ASW/ASuW, now being delivered to the Indian Navy. Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, covering all these and other programmes of Lockheed Martin in India.

“F-21 Will Leverage Advanced Technologies from Across Fighter Portfolio”
Chanakya features an INTERVIEW with William L. Blair, Vice President & Chief Executive, Lockheed Ma
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INTERVIEW: ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, L&T MBDA MISSILE SYSTEMS LIMITED (LTMMSL)

MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles & Missile Systems, which designs & produces Missiles & Missile Systems for the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea & Air. Chanakya Interviews ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, LTMMSL, who articulates on MICA IR & RF Missiles for the IAF’s Upgraded Mirage 2000s; alongwith Naval Missiles like Sea Ceptor & Exocet MM40 Block 3 Anti-Ship Missile, which is on offer for the Indian Navy, and ATGM5 for Indian Army. L&T MBDA Missile Systems is a Joint Venture in India between MBDA & L&T.

“L&T MBDA is Focused on Winning New Flagship Missile Programmes”
Chanakya Interviews ARUN RAMCHANDANI, DIRECTOR, LTMMSL, who articulates on MICA IR & RF Missiles fo
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A. D. RANE, DG BRAHMOS, DRDO and CEO & MD, BRAHMOS AEROSPACE

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian Joint Venture is capable to fulfil any export requirements, if the Government decides, while serving the Indian Army, Indian Navy & Indian Air Force requirements, for which the company has received new missiles order. There is interest in BRAHMOS Missiles in countries like Vietnam & Indonesia, after an order from Philippines. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General BRAHMOS, DRDO & Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace, said that BRAHMOS Weapon has “Steep Dive & Deep Penetration” Capability. He articulated on the success achieved by various BRAHMOS Variants’ proven capabilities, including the Block-III LACM. On future plans of BrahMos Aerospace, he elaborated on the BRAHMOS NG Variant, their top-most priority, and on the successful BRAHMOS-A tests of the Airborne Cruise Missile for IAF’s Su-30MKI Fighter, and on the BrahMos ‘Make-in-India’ initiatives.

“BRAHMOS Stands Out as an Ultimate Weapon System for Multiple Platforms”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, ATUL DINKAR RANE, Outstanding Scientist, Director General
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, HAL

One of the largest Aeronautics Companies in Asia, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is involved in manufacturing of Military & Civil Aircraft, Navigation & related Equipment, and also Designs, Fabricates & Assembles Aircraft, Jet Engines, Helicopters and Spare Parts. In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Updates us on most projects that HAL is currently undertaking like LCA Tejas, Mirage 2000 Upgrade, Jaguar Darin-III Upgrade, HTT-40 BTA, IJT, LCH, LUH, ALH Dhruv Variants, UAS/RPAs, etc.

“Deliveries of 83 Mk-1A Aircraft Would Commence from February 2024”
In an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, C. B. ANANTHAKRISHNAN, Chairman & Managing Director, Hindust
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INTERVIEW: Venkat Katkuri, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport Aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) on September 24th, 2021, along with an Offset Contract. The induction of Airbus C295MW Airlifters will be a significant step towards Modernisation of the IAF’s Transport Fleet. Out of 56, 40 MTAs will be manufactured in India by TATA Consortium. Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering the C295MW Variants and the New-Generation A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transporter on offer for IAF’s FRA Project.

“A330 MRTT Carries Upto 111 Tonnes of Fuel, Highest Capacity of All Tanker Aircraft”
Chanakya Interviews VENKAT KATKURI, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia, covering th
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INTERVIEW: ALAIN GARCIA, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services

Boeing Defense, Space & Security has supplied C-17s, Apaches & Chinooks to the IAF, and P-8Is with Harpoon Missiles to the Indian Navy. Apaches for the Indian Army are to be delivered. In an Interview to Chanakya, Alain Garcia, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Global Services, highlighted some capabilities of the F-15EX, which is participating in the Indian Air Force MRFA Fighter competition; and elaborated on Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet Block-III, which is participating in Indian Navy’s Carrier-borne Fighter competition. F/A-18 Super Hornets participated in the Operational Demonstration test flights in May & June 2022 in Goa, performed at India's Shore-Based Facility, where conditions similar to that on the indigenously-developed Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant were simulated. Soon, the INS Vikrant Carrier trials will commence. Alain also covered Boeing’s India activities.

“Super Hornet Proved its Ability to Take-Off Within INS Vikrant Ski-Jump Parameters”
In an Interview to Chanakya, Alain Garcia, Vice President, India Business Development, Boeing Defen
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL)

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL), the oldest Shipyard in India, has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in India, producing Warships for the Indian Navy, which include Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes, Missile Boats, OPVs, etc. MDL has built about 800 Vessels, including 26 Capital Warships and 6 Conventional Submarines. In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, MDL, elaborates on MDL’s various activities.

“MDL is Building 4 P-15B Missile Destroyers”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, IN (Retd), Chairman & Managin
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, 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 Dominance Capabilities, with 36 New Rafales, 34 out of 51  Upgraded Mirage 2000s, DARIN-III Jaguars, LCA Tejas Mk.1A, C-17s, C-130J-30s, Do-228s, Avro replacement with 56 C295MW MTAs, ALH Rudra Mk.IV, Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs), Light Utility Helicopters (LUH); Mi-17V5s; Chinook Heavy-Lift Helicopters & Apache Attack Helicopters, AEW&Cs/AWACS, FRA, etc. and various types of Radar & Air Defence Weapons Systems and SAGW, either been inducted or in final stages of contract negotiations. Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly covered many IAF programmes of Modernisation, including Fighters & Weapons, Upgrades, AEW&Cs, FRA, Transporters, Trainers, Air Defence, S-400, Missiles, UAS/RPAS, CUAS, UAVs, Upgrading Combat Helicopters, etc. We feature the Exclusive Interview of the Air Chief with Chanakya:

“Work is Underway for the Development of Armed Drone Technology by DRDO”: CAS
Chanakya Interviewed AIR CHIEF MARSHAL V. R. CHAUDHARI, CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF (CAS), who briefly c
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Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials

Navantia has just introduced Jose Porto, a Naval Architect with 19 years of experience in Military Programmes, who is taking over the Navantia India Liaison Office, which is located in New Delhi. Mr. Jose Porto has filled up different positions across the S80 Submarines Programme, and over the last four years he was working for the DDG TSP Programme for the Australian Navy as Platform Systems Engineering Manager focused on increasing Australia Defence Capabilities and transferring knowledge.

Navantia S81 'Isaac Peral' Submarine Completes Initial Sea Trials
“The S80 Submarines integrate cutting-edge technologies and innovate solutions, validating that all
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Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities

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SAFRAN AIRCRAFT 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. A leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Rafale Fighter Engines. 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. We feature the Safran M88 powering the Rafale, its Maintenance Training, and Safran’s plans to ‘Make-in-India’, including the Manufacturing of the M88 Engine in India for Future Indian Fighters. Safran Aircraft Engines is implementing its full committment to ‘Make-in-India’.


SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES M88

Safran Aircraft Engines is one of the world's leading Aircraft and Rocket Engine Manufacturers, with Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, Launch Vehicles and Satellites. A leading Military Aircraft Engine Manufacturer, No. 1 in Europe, Safran Aircraft Engines also power some 20 types of Military Aircraft in 30 countries, including the M88 Rafale Fighter Engines. Safran Military Engines for Rafale & Mirage 2000 Fighters have become global benchmarks. We 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 designs, develops, produces and supports Military Aero-Engines that perfectly meet the requirements of its Military customers. These Aero-Engines power aircraft covering all Air Defence Missions, including Combat, Transport and Training.


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 above 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. Safran Aircraft Engines draws on an unrivaled legacy reaching back over 110 years to design, develop, produce and market, alone or in Partnership, Engines for Civil and Military Aircraft, as well as for Satellites.


With above 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.


Fully Committed to ‘Make-in-India’
India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier visited the Safran Aircraft Engines Villaroche Facility near Paris in October 2019, when the 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 had taken place soon after the handover of the first Rafale Fighter to the Indian Air Force at Dassault Aviation's Mérignac Facility in France. India is 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. The manoeuverability and carefree handling afforded by the M88 have been widely recognised in the theatres of operations.


The M88 has clocked up above 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 seven export customers: Egypt, Qatar, India, Croatia, Greece, UAE and Indonesia. As a result of international successes, Safran Aircraft Engines had earlier launched a programme to modernise its Industrial Facilities and triple Production Capacities for the M88 Engines.


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 is buying 83 LCA Mark-1A Fighter, 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 Fighters and Engines offers keeps coming up for discussions during Indian & French Government dialogues and official meetings, with the Indian Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar recently visiting Paris in December 2021, and the French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly recently meeting Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. While DRDO can continue developing its own Fighter Engine Kaveri, the Safran Engine will fill the gaps between Development and Manufacturing.


Safran M88-2: Proven Performance and Reliability
Dassault Aviation's Rafale Fighter 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. As Modern 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 F4 by about 2023. Standard F4 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 Standards and will also match the requirements of the Rafale Standard F4, towards 2023.


The Standard F4, 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.


M88 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 139.29in; Inlet Diameter 27.40in; Weight 1,977.55lbs.


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. In line with the dynamic export performance of the Rafale Fighter, this Project allows Safran to continue offering  customers real World-Class Support Services.


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 and EPNER1 to support all Rafale Users, both in France and abroad.


Since late October 2019, Safran Aircraft Engines had welcomed 12 Mechanics from the Indian Air Force (IAF), which had taken the  delivery of India’s first Rafale Fighters. 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. 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.


Through CFM International, Safran Aircraft Engines is the world's leading supplier of Engines for Short and Medium-haul Commercial Jets as well.


Safran Offers to Help India Develop First Indigenous Fighter Engine
French Aerospace Company Safran, the Manufacturer of M88 Engines for Rafale Fighters, has earlier 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.


When Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier visited the Safran Aircraft Engines Facility in Villaroche, he was given a presentation and did a tour of the facility. Further, studies have reportedly been done for the possibility of Manufacturing an Indigenous Engine for the Indian-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk-II.


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 Defence Ministers have met recently for the 3rd Annual Defence Dialogue in New Delhi and reviewed the status of bilateral cooperation in the field, which is a key pillar of the India-France Strategic Partnership. The Ministers further had talks on offers for more Rafales for the IAF, and for the Indian Navy, which has recently tested the Dassault Aviation Rafale Marine Variant in Goa for the Aircraft Carrier-Borne Fighters tender. India had also earlier separately announced plans for Joint Military Production of Safran Aircraft Engines in India.


Safran in India
Safran has been present in India for more than 65 years and today has 600 employees in eight companies and a Training Center, all working in production, design or services in the Aeronautics and Defence Industries. Opened in 2010, this Training 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. Safran Aircraft Engines Hyderabad Private Limited is registered at RGIA, Shamshabad in Hyderabad, Telangana.


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, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research and Development programmes 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. 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 Aircraft Engines is already 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. Safran Aircraft Engines has also built a new plant in Hyderabad to make parts for the LEAP Turbofan Engine from the CFM International JV.


Above 75% of Indian Aircraft and Helicopters are equipped by Safran and 1,500+ Helicopter Turbines, including Shakti/Ardiden 1H1 Engine, are in Service in India. Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Ltd. (HE-MRO) is a JV between Safran and HAL, aiming to support the Indian Armed Forces. Safran is one of the main contributors to the 36 Rafales acquired by India.

Safran companies produce a large proportion of the systems and equipment, for instance besides the M88 Engine, the Power Transmission System, the Landing Gear, the Wheels and Carbon Brakes, the Ring Laser Gyro Inertial Navigation System, the Gyroscopes for the Fly-by-Wire System, the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and all the Wiring Systems. Safran is in addition managing the project for the Hammer Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon (AASM).

It is also the primary supplier of Inertial Navigation Systems for Indian Combat Aircraft. Sigma 95N Navigation Systems are used in the Sukhoi 30, Tejas, MiG-27, MiG-29, Jaguar and Hawk AJTs. Over 500 Fighter Aircraft used by the Indian Air Force and Navy are equipped with Inertial Navigation Systems produced by Safran.