Safran in India

Safran has a long-standing presence in India for more than 65 years in core markets of aerospace and defense. The workforce of 600 employees in the country, spread across 6 different companies and 1 training centre, shares one ambition. They undertake an assortment of activities from design, production and services for our core businesses of aerospace and defense, thereby building Safran’s leadership in India and fostering the development of partnerships with a wide array of customers.

Safran provides engines and/or equipment for more than
of airplanes and helicopters in India
helicopter engines in service
inertial navigation systems installed



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 leading supplier of turbine engines for helicopters deployed by the Indian Armed Forces with more than 1200 helicopter engines in service
  • Safran-HAL, a joint venture with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru produces manufacturing unit of CM56 © 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.
  • One of the leading suppliers of wheels and carbon brakes for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 commercial jetliners deployed in India.
  • More than 1000 CFM 56 © and LEAP © engines in service
  • 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 shares a time-honored association with the Indian Army, since the 1950s by offering aerospace and land solutions.

  • The leading supplier of inertial navigation systems for Indian combat aircraft. Sigma 95N navigation systems equip the Sukhoi 30, Tejas, MiG-27, MiG-29, Jaguar and Hawk, the advanced jet trainer.  
  • Develops and supplies the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) of the Dhruv helicopter, comprising APIRS Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Autopilot Computers and actuators, all of which are manufactured and maintained in India.
  • More than 500 combat aircraft deployed by the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are equipped with the Inertial Navigation Systems. 
  • Safran is a major contributor to the 36 Rafale fighters acquired by India in 2016. Safran companies provide a wide variety of systems and equipment on the Rafale, including the aircraft's M88 engines, power transmission system, landing gear, wheels and carbon brakes, ring laser gyro inertial navigation system, gyros for the fly-by-wire system, the auxiliary power unit (APU) and all wiring. In addition, Safran is prime contractor for the AASM Hammer modular air-to-ground weapon.
  • A key element of the partnership is the Shakti / Ardiden 1H1. 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. This engine was first selected to power HAL's Dhruv, now in service, and powers the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in final stages of qualification. Today, more than 350 Shakti have been produced.
  • Most recently the Ardiden 1U, a derivative of the Ardiden 1H1 specifically designed to power single-engine rotorcraft, was selected to power the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), a new and unique three-ton, single-engine, multipurpose rotorcraft. This engine has a compact architecture featuring a gas generator made up of two centrifugal compressor stages, coupled to a single-stage high-pressure turbine and a two-stage power turbine. The first technical flight of the Ardiden 1U in the LUH took place in September 2016, in Bangalore, and met all its performance targets.
  • Inaugurated in October 2016 in Goa, Southwest India, by India's Defence Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO) is a Joint Venture of Safran and HAL, dedicated to supporting of helicopter engines operated by national and international operators, and primarily the Indian Air Force and Indian Army. It will be operational by early 2020, and will provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for both TM333 and Shakti engines installed on HAL-built helicopters.


  • HAL Dhruv HelicopterHAL Dhruv Helicopter © Ayush Ranka / CAPA pictures / Safran
  • Mirage 2000Mirage 2000 © Eric Drouin / Safran
  • Exterior views of CFM56 Training CenterExterior views of CFM56 Training Center © Atul Sharma / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Advanced courses in line maintenance and borescope inspection for CFM56Advanced courses in line maintenance and borescope inspection for CFM56 © Atul Sharma / CAPA Pictures / Safran
  • Exterior views of CFM56 Training CenterExterior views of CFM56 Training Center © Atul Sharma / CAPA Pictures / Safran


Supporting local research

Safran has established partnerships with leading Indian science and education institutions to foster the emergence of increasingly innovative technologies and solutions.

Safran's collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, for example, focuses on advanced subjects such as "The Internet of Things" and processors and parallel processing.

Along the same lines, Safran is studying a project to set up an aerospace campus in India, in conjunction with local aviation and space companies.



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