Safran Offers to Co-Develop Combat Aircraft Engine with DRDO
 
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Safran Offers to Co-Develop Combat Aircraft Engine with DRDO

Talks are in an advanced stage and may see a completely new engine

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Safran Offers to Co-Develop Combat Aircraft Engine with DRDO

New Delhi: Safran Aircraft Engine (erstwhile Snecma) is in advanced talks with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for co-development of a combat engine.

Speaking to select media on May 16, after a long discussion at DRDO, chief executive officer (CEO) Safran Aircraft Engine, Olivier Andries said that Safran has proposed development of a new combat engine to the DRDO.

As DRDO is reluctant to let go of its baby, the Kaveri engine, which remains grounded even after two decades, Andries said that Safran is open to the idea of capitalising on the development of Kaveri. In the same breath he added that, “Another starting point for development could be the M-88 engine which powers Rafale fighter aircraft.” Clearly, from Safran perspective, this would be the preferred option instead of getting into Kaveri.

“We are willing to help India develop complete autonomy in combat engines,” Andries told the media using the example of Vikas and Shakti engines, both of which are a result of Safran’s partnership and transfer of technology with ISRO and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Saying that the talks with the DRDO are in an advanced stage, Andries added that, “Once the programme takes off, we will look for a manufacturing partner. It could be a public or a private sector company.”

 
 


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