Rolls-Royce, a global leader in aerospace and defence technology, has formalized a long-term agreement with Azad Engineering, a prominent Hyderabad-based firm, for the manufacturing and supply of complex components essential for defence aircraft engines. This strategic collaboration positions Azad Engineering within the global supply chain for complex category components required for Rolls-Royce’s advanced aero engines.
Alex Zino, Executive Vice President – Business Development and Future Programmes, and Head of Global Networks at Rolls-Royce, expressed the significance of collaboration in the company’s success in India, stating, “Strong collaboration has been at the heart of Rolls-Royce’s journey of success in India. As we work towards strengthening the defence ecosystem, we are happy to expand our supply chain in India in partnership with Azad Engineering. The sourcing of complex components from India for aero engine programmes further advances the goal of capability creation in the country.”
Abhishek Singh, Senior Vice President – Defence, India and South-East Asia, Rolls-Royce, emphasized the strategic importance of the partnership in contributing to India’s defence manufacturing ecosystem, stating, “The agreement with Azad Engineering is another significant step for Rolls-Royce towards harnessing the potential of Indian companies to contribute to the defence manufacturing ecosystem. This reiterates our commitment to building our presence in India through local partnerships, furthering the vision of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat.'”
Rakesh Chopdar, Founder and CEO of Azad Engineering, expressed pride in being chosen as a strategic partner by Rolls-Royce, stating, “We are honoured to be chosen as a strategic partner by Rolls-Royce to make critical and complex components for defence aircraft engines. Bringing these critical components to India not only showcases the capabilities of Azad Engineering but also represents a pivotal moment for India’s aerospace and defence industry, demonstrating the country’s growing prowess in advanced manufacturing.”
Rolls-Royce has cultivated a robust ecosystem in India, marked by strategic local partnerships, joint ventures, a resilient supply chain, a rich talent pool, engineering capabilities, and advanced digital solutions and service delivery capabilities.