Safran and the Indian Aerospace Sector

Safran is committed to being a full-fledged technology partner in the development of the Indian aerospace industry, mainly as supplier of engines and/or equipment and support services for both airplanes and helicopters. The company is the leading supplier of turbine engines for helicopters deployed by the Indian Armed Forces with more than 1,500 helicopter engines in service

Safran-HAL, a joint venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru produces manufacturing unit of CFM56 and LEAP components for CFM International. In 2010 a facility was opened near the Hyderabad airport by CFM International, the 50/50 joint company between Safran and GE, to provide maintenance training for operators of CFM56 engines. More than 500 maintenance engineers and technicians are trained in this facility every year. In April 2017, Air India and CFM International celebrated the delivery and entry into service of the airline's first LEAP-1A-powered A320neo aircraft.  The first aircraft has the distinction of being powered by the 100th LEAP-1A production engine.

Safran is also one of the leading suppliers of wheels and carbon brakes for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 commercial jetliners in service in India.


The Shakti / Ardiden 1H1 engine powers the ALH Dhruv helicopter. Certified in 2009, the 1,400 shp engine was co-developed by Safran and HAL and is now built in Bangalore, under the Shakti designation, mainly with Indian-made components.

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