French engine manufacturer Safran has plans to set up a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in India. They will be investing $150 million towards this end. The MRO facility to be set up in Hyderabad will overhaul LEAP – 1A & LEAP – 1B engines in use in Indian and foreign commercial airlines.
Safran executives, led by their CEO, met with union defense minister Rajnath Singh and gave their plans to start India operations. The MRO facility is likely to invest $150 million in Hyderabad and will be creating 500-600 highly skilled jobs. The company will be able to overhaul over 250 engines per year.
It will be present on 10 acres of land in Hyderabad SEZ and will produce parts and components for advanced aircraft engines, including rotating seats. Safran Electrical & Power India Pvt Ltd will produce harnesses for civil and fighter jets.
Safran manufactures advanced aircraft engines for commercial and fighter jets. The M88 engine produced by the company Rafale fighter aircraft was recently inducted by the Indian Air Force. It is also being said that Safran is also in talks with DRDO for developing the 110-kilonewton Kaveri engine that would power indigenous home-built aircraft such as the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).
Also, two subsidiaries, Safran Aircraft engines, and Safran Electrical & Power India Pvt Ltd, will come up in Hyderabad. They will collaborate with HAL for the production of piping for aircraft engines, including helicopter engines. The joint venture is likely to create 160 new, highly skilled personnel.
You can leverage all the competitive advantages India offers, including the cost advantages and availability of trained manpower, shares defense minister Rajnath Singh.