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** CHANAKYA 53rd YEAR ** INDIAN NAVY DAY SPECIAL ISSUE; EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: NAVY CHIEF; INDIAN NAVY REPORT; DEFEXPO INDIA 2022 SPECIAL SHOW REPORT: EURONAVAL 2022 SPECIAL SHOW REPORT; AUSA 2022 SHOW REPORT; INDO-DEFENCE 2022 SHOW REPORT: 15 NOV. - 15 DECEMBER 2022 SPECIAL ISSUE **         INDIA’s Leading & Oldest DEFENCE & Aerospace Magazine - 53rd Year in Defence Publishing: 48th Year of Monthly Publication       

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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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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Security

In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Security, elaborates on the Embraer Defense & Security New-Generation C-390 Millennium being selected by The Netherlands to replace its C-130 Hercules Transporter, and on its Aerial Refuelling Configuration - the KC-390 Multi-Mission Airlifter. Considering the potential of Indian Industry that can be leveraged, Jackson Schneider views India as not just a customer, but also as a promising Partner in the APAC Region. He further elaborates on Embraer’s AEW&C, A-29 Super Tucano Fighter & ISR Solutions.

“We foresee India as a Promising Partner in the APAC Region”
In this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defence & Secu
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DASSAULT AVIATION RAFALES

With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISEs) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has already tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy Carrier Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the IAF under the MRFA Project, and the Indian Navy, which is soon starting its trials of the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Variant on the INS Vikrant Aircraft Carrier, can go for 26 Rafale-Marine Variants, a competition which has heated up now.

36 Dassault Aviation Rafales With IAF, Will Indian Navy Go for 26 Rafales?
While the Indian Navy has already tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluat
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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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General Anil Chauhan Takes Over as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM assumed office as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on 30th September  2022. General Chauhan is also the Principal Military Advisor to  Raksha Mantri on all Tri-Services matters as well as the Head of Department of Military Affairs, MoD, as the Secretary. He is also the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC).

CDS Vows to Deal with Challenges Together
General Anil Chauhan, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM assumed office as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)
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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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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Launches GRSE Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched Y-3023 Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders Limited (GRSE) in Kolkata on July 15th, 2022. P17A Frigates are follow-on class of the P17 (Shivalik-Class) Frigates with improved Stealth features, Advanced Weapons and Sensors and Platform Management Systems. Seven P17A Frigates are under various stages of construction at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and GRSE.

Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh Launches Y-3023 Dunagiri, Project 17A Frigate at GRSE, Kolkata
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commended GRSE for its unstinted support in the field of Ship Produc
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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

It is Boeing’s honour and privilege to have been a strong partner of Indian Aerospace for more than 75 years now. On the completion of 75 Years of India’s Independence, we remain dedicated to the Nation’s inspiring progress. This Partnership has only deepened with time and continues to grow, says Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India, in this Guest contribution.

India@75: Boeing Focused On Expanding India’s Supply Chain Capabilities, by Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India
The world as we knew it is changing and India will play an important role in the new emerging world
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MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners

MBDA is proud to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence Day. India and MBDA share a long history of Partnership in equipping the Indian Armed Forces going back to the early days of India’s Independence, says Ludovic Dumont – General Delegate, MBDA, in this Guest contribution.

MBDA and India, Longstanding Partners, by Ludovic Dumont– General Delegate, MBDA
MBDA today has two focuses providing the highest performing Missile Technologies to India, and seco
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Embraer Defense & Security C-390 Millennium

The recent weeks have been busy and exciting times for Embraer Defense & Security, the C-390 Millennium programme is going from strength to strength. The KC-390 Millennium, the Air-to-Air Configuration of the C-390 Millennium, was on display at the Farnborough Air Show and the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in the United Kingdom in July, says Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security, in this guest contribution.

The C-390 Millennium from Embraer Defense & Security, by Jackson Schneider, President & CEO, Embraer Defense & Security
In addition to the Brazilian Air Force, the C-390 aircraft has been acquired by NATO Nations includ
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EUROSATORY 2022 REPORT

Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was  held from 13th to 17th June 2022 at Paris Villepinte. Eurosatory presented the strategic trends, technological developments and innovations in Future Defence, in the areas of UAVs, Helicopters, C4I and Joint Services Programmes, Futuristic MBTs, Combat Vehicles, Artillery Systems, Missile Systems, Ordnance, Infantry Solutions, etc.

EUROSATORY 2022 SHOW REPORT
Eurosatory 2022, the Exhibition for Land Systems, Air-Land Defence and Homeland Security, was held
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FARNBOROUGH 2022 PREVIEW

The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2022 is being held from 18th to 22nd July 2022 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, with participation from most of the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers.

FARNBOROUGH 2022 AIR SHOW PREVIEW
The Farnborough International Air Show 2022 will be held from 18th to 22nd July 2022 at the Farnbor
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LOCKHEED MARTIN IN INDIA

Pawan Hans Limited (PHL), a Government of India Company under Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced that it signed agreements for the leasing of six Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from The Milestone Aviation Group Limited. In addition to the six helicopters, of which five have already been delivered, Milestone and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company are also providing Pawan Hans with comprehensive value and sustainment packages to support the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet.

Pawan Hans Leases Six Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky S-76D Helicopters from Milestone Aviation
The legendary S-76 Helicopter operates successfully in more than 40 countries on six continents, fu
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DIMDEX 2022 SHOW REPORT

The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) was held from 21st to 23rd March 2022 in Qatar. World-leading Defence, Naval and Maritime Companies like Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, CAE, Dassault Aviation, Dearsan, Elettronica, Fincantieri, General Atomics, GICAN, Havelsan, KNDS, L3Harris Technologies, Lacroix, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Navantia, Nexter, Northrop Grumman, Rafale International, Raytheon Technologies, Renk, Roketsan, Saab, Safran, Thales, etc. participated at DIMDEX 2022.

DIMDEX 2022 NAVAL SHOW REPORT
The 7th Edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2022) wa
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8th WINGS INDIA 2022 SHOW REPORT

The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition of Indian Aviation Show Series - Wings India 2022 from 24th to 27th March 2022 at Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Wings India 2022, had about 25 aircraft on static display, had the participation of about 100 companies, including companies like AAI, Adani Group, Airbus Group, ATR, Boeing, CFM, CSIR, Diamond Aircraft, Embraer, Honda Jet, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), L&T, Maini, National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Pawan Hans, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, etc.

WINGS INDIA 2022 REPORT
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, jointly with FICCI, organised the 8th Edition
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ADAS 2022

Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) 2022, the 4th Asian Defense and Security, Crisis & Disaster Management Exhibition and Conference will be held from 27th to 29th April 2022 at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. ADAS 2022 is a Tri-Services Defence and Security Exhibition for the Region.

Asian Defense & Security - ADAS 2022 SHOW PREVIEW
Asian Defense & Security (ADAS) 2022, the 4th Asian Defense and Security, Crisis & Disaster Managem
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Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Solutions

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of High-Tech Defence Systems for Air, Land, Sea, and Space Applications for the Israel Defense Forces and the Israeli Defence Establishment, as well as for customers around the globe. Rafael offers its customers a diversified array of Innovative Solutions at the leading-edge of global technology, from Underwater Systems through Naval, Ground and Air Superiority Systems to Space Systems.

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Solutions
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures and supplies a wide r
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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 of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to CHANAKYA said that an efficient way to retain combat-edge is the induction and use of Unmanned Solutions. In the coming years, the Indian Navy will continue to focus on Unmanned Inductions. CHANAKYA Interviewed ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, covering Indian Navy’s Modernisation & Expansion Plans, recent Inductions, Naval Acquisitions, including Aircraft Carrier, Surface Combatants & ASW Craft, LPDs, Submarine Projects, Naval Helicopters, RPAS and Unmanned  Solutions, etc.

“Indian Navy has Continued to Focus on Self-Reliance & Indigenous Solutions”
ADMIRAL R. HARI KUMAR, the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy in an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW t
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SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2022 REPORT

The Singapore Air Show 2022 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th February 2022, with attendance from few high-level Military Delegations including Senior Government Officials and leading industry players, featured about 600 exhibiting companies from about 40 countries. The Singapore Air Show had fewer participants in the Civil and Military Flying and Static Aircraft Displays that included the IAF’s LCA Tejas Mk.1 Fighter Jet, Airbus A400M, Dassault Aviation Falcon Business Jets, Embraer Profit-Hunter Commuter Jet, Lockheed Martin’s F-35, F-16D & F-22, with Sikorsky’s S-70B, Boeing’s F-15SG & P-8A Poseidon, Bell Boeing MV-22s, Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450 UAS, IAI Heron TP UAS, with Bell Helicopters on display.

SINGAPORE AIR SHOW 2022 REPORT
The Singapore Air Show 2022 was held at Changi Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th February 2022, w
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DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces

The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as well as encouraging Indian Defence & Aerospace Industry to take up Defence Manufacturing. Today, more than 2000 Industry Partners have joined hands with DRDO in delivery of Components, Sub-systems, Systems, Platforms and Technologies for Indian Armed Forces. Many industries have achieved the capability and the capacity to become the Lead System Integrators. The technology of all systems is transferred to the Indian Industry for Production & Supply.

DRDO Indigenous Defence Systems & Technologies for Indian Defence Forces
The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, has been nurturing as
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IAF's RAFALE FIGHTERS

With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France, the IAF’s Rafale Fleet is undergoing Upgrades to the 13 India-Specific Enhancements (ISE) Configuration in India. While the Indian Navy has recently tested the Rafale-Marine Carrier-Borne Fighter in Goa for evaluation in the Indian Navy Carrier Tender, there is scope for additional Rafales to be purchased by India for the IAF and Indian Navy.

Dassault Aviation Completes Deliveries of All 36 Rafales to IAF
With the Deliveries of all 36 Rafale Fighters of Dassault Aviation having been completed in France,
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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. 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, wit
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Interview: Col. H.S. Shankar, CMD, Alpha Designs Technologies (ADTL)

Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In an Interview to Chanakya, Col. H.S. Shankar, VSM (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, spoke about the products and activities of ADTL, Bangalore.

“Manufacture of Loitering Munitions is in Advanced Stages at ADTL’s JVC with ELBIT - Alpha ELSEC”
Alpha Design Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ADTL) has got an Indian Army order for Loitering Munitions. In
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CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal

The CARMENTA Project will be based on EU owned solutions, so that EU Design Authority remains the baseline, in order to avoid any kind on non-EU dependencies. The Consortium includes the major EU Electronic Warfare Champions as well as the major EU Platform and System Integrators. In total it brings together 18 leading Industry Members like: Elettronica (Coordinator, Italy), Leonardo (Italy), Thales (France), SAFRAN (France), MBDA France, Indra (Spain), AIRBUS Defence & Space (Spain), AIRBUS Helicopters (Spain), Hensoldt (Germany), Terma (Denmark), etc. The project has a duration of 30 months and a budget of approximately 10 Million Euros.

CARMENTA Will Push Forward the EU Technological Excellence to Achieve Air Superiority Goal
Paolo Izzo, Chief Sales Officer of Elettronica, Coordinator Company of the CARMENTA Consortium, sai
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ROSOBORONEXPORT, RUSSIA

Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry, the sole Russian Rotorcraft Designer and Manufacturer and one of the few companies worldwide with the capability to Design, Manufacture, Service and test modern Civilian and Military Helicopters. Russian Helicopters is part of State Corporation Rostec. We take a look at the Russian Helicopters' Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter.

Russian Helicopters Mi-171Sh Military Multi-Role Transport Helicopter
Rosoboronexport/ROSTEC - Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the Global Helicopter Industry,
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BEML Contribution on Defence Services: By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED

Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Forces abreast with State-of-the-Art Military Equipment. Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director,  BEML LIMITED, writes a guest column on BEML.

BEML Contribution on Defence Services, By Amit Banerjee, Chairman & Managing Director, BEML LIMITED
Being India's major Defence Equipment Manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence Fo
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INTERVIEW: Venkat Katkuri, Head of Defence & Space, Airbus India & South Asia

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, along with an Offset Contract. 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.

“C295 Opens Doors for First ‘Make in India’ Aerospace Programme”
MoD signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain for acquisition of 56 C295MW Transport A
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INTERVIEW: BORIS SOLOMIAC, GENERAL DELEGATE, MBDA INDIA

With above 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a World Leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. The MBDA Group designs and produces Missiles and Missile Systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three Armed Forces - Land, Sea and Air. 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;  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; Brimstone Dual-Seeker Missile; Naval Missiles and on L&T MBDA Missile Systems Joint Venture in India.

“MBDA is a Committed Partner to the Indian Armed Forces”
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: Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad, AVSM, NM, IN (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd

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 799 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.

“Indigenous Warship Building is a Success Story”
Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. (MDL) has now become one of the premier Warshipbuilding Yards in Ind
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INTERVIEW: JORGE GARCÍA MONEDERO, INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR, NAVANTIA

The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of highly technological state-of-the-art Warships for the Spanish Navy, which makes it a strategic company, and for the international market. Its activities include the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command & Control Systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. NAVANTIA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which is made up by a total of 15 state-owned companies. In this INTERVIEW to Chanakya, Jorge García Monedero, International Commercial Director, Navantia, elaborates on Navantia’s interests in Indian Naval Defence.

“Navantia Wants to be the Best Partner at Sea”
The Spanish Shipbuilder NAVANTIA is a world reference in the design, building and integration of hi
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THALES

As India progresses towards its goal of becoming AtmaNirbhar, constructive measures are being taken across sectors including Defence. These measures along with efforts of the Industry will pave the way for long-term success of India's Indigenous Defence Sector. Ashish Saraf, Vice President & Country Director - India, Thales contributes this guest column on Thales India.

Thales, Partnering India's Defence Modernisation Journey: By Ashish Saraf, Vice President and Country Director - India, Thales
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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.