France and India agree to jointly build an aircraft engine

Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that France would build an aircraft engine in collaboration with India.

“[The] French Minister of Defense [has] agreed to build the engine with us, so far not made in India. A large French company will come to India and manufacture the engine in strategic partnership with an Indian company,” reports The Hindu cited Singh as told. The minister did not give details of the proposed development.

The strategic partnership involves a co-production between the original equipment manufacturer and an Indian company.

Singh’s announcement comes a day after he held an annual defense dialogue with his French counterpart Florence Parly in New Delhi. The Minister of Defense urged French defense companies to collaborate with Indian companies or to produce in India.

New engine for helicopter

Meanwhile, after Singh’s announcement, French defense firm Safran and Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited are believed to be in talks to jointly manufacture a new engine to power India. plans for himself medium-weight military helicopters.

The engines will be manufactured to power different types of medium-duty helicopters to meet the demand of the Indian Air Force, Navy and Army.

In 2016, as part of a major defense deal with France, New Delhi signed a 59,000 crore Indian rupee ($9.4 billion) deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets. So far, France has delivered 33 aircraft.

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