French company Safran that manufactures the M88 engine used in Rafale fighter jets has proposed to India that it can help make its first indigenous fighter aircraft engine.
A proposal was sent to the Defence and Development Research Organisation (DRDO) about this, Olivier Andries, CEO Safran said on Wednesday giving a brief to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the company’s military and civil projects in India.
“They are studying the proposal sent by us. We are willing to transfer the technology and this could be the way forward for the first indigenous fighter aircraft engine,” he told India Today TV. The Mirage fighter jets use M53 variant of the engine.
“It will be a big boost for Make in India if the proposal works out. It means India would be able to sell the engine to any country that uses Rafale,” said an Indian official.
Defence Minister Rajnath visited the facility in Villaroche near Paris a day after the handing over of the first Rafale jet to the Indian Air Force. Read More