Safran, a leading global player in the aerospace, defense and security sectors, will participate in the Aero India 2015 to be held from 18th to 22nd February 2015. This 10th aero show will take place under Government of India’s new campaign, “Make-in-India”. This year, Safran will display the M88 engine that powers the Rafale multirole fighter, and the Shakti helicopter turbine which was co-developed with HAL for the Dhruv twin-engine rotorcraft. The company will also display a wide range of products that include the AASM (air-to-ground modular missile) “Hammer”, BlueNauteTM, an ultimate “maintenance free” solution for maritime navigation, and explosives and narcotics detection technology handheld and desktop devices – Mobile Trace, Hardened Mobile Trace and Itemiser.
Present in the country for over 6 decades, Safran counts today over 2,600 skilled employees in India. Amongst the group local activities, Safran has a 50/50 venture with HAL, exporting 100% of its production of aircraft / helicopter engine parts. The Group exports more than 60% of the 1 million smart cards produced daily in its Noida Plant.
Safran also develops in Bengaluru tomorrow’s leading edge aerospace equipment in its engineering services center with 700 engineers. Nearly all of this activity is exported abroad.
Furthermore, stronger onus on research and development will be the way forward for Safran India. The recent collaborations with the Foundation for Innovation & Technology Transfer (IIT, Delhi) and Society for Innovation & Development (IISc, Bengaluru) are steps taken to initiate R&D in the field of advanced avionics systems for the development of next-generation aerospace technologies in India. Local presence, collaboration and integration are key to Safran’s success in the country, and the company is uniquely positioned to offer Indian customers the best in class technological capability and support.
Stephane Lauret, Chief Executive Officer, Safran India, said, “We have been present in the Indian market for over 60 years and have focused on product development in India. As we continue to strengthen our presence in India, we are working with our local partners to shape the future of India’s aerospace, defense and security industries.”