Saffran, a French company that makes the world’s most powerful Rafale fighter aircraft engines, has offered help to make its indigenous engine in India. The company has sent a proposal to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
The company said that Rafale’s indigenous engines can be manufactured in India itself and for this it is ready to transfer technology. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited Safran’s factory. During this, the company CEO Olivier Andries said this on the occasion of giving information about the ongoing Safran project in India.
Andries said, they (DRDO) are studying the proposal sent by us. We want to transfer technology, after this the path of the first indigenous fighter aircraft engine in India may be ready. It is worth noting that the engine of M53 variants of the same company is also used in Mirage jet aircraft.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited Safran’s factory in Villarosh on Wednesday. The first Rafale jet aircraft was handed over to the Indian Air Force in the presence of Rajnath Singh a day before this. Rajnath Singh was told by a presentation about the functioning of the factory.
What will benefit India
An Indian official said, “If this proposal works, then it will give a boost to Make in India”. This means that India can also export abroad by making this engine. French Defense Minister Florence Parley said after the program of handing over Rafale to India, “We will support the Make in India policy.” We should talk about the future. It is not just a matter of acquiring a fighter aircraft but a matter of improving the military partnership. We are going to do our best to meet your needs.