by Staff Correspondent
IADB: HAL and Rolls Royce have signed an agreement for Make In India Adour engine parts to support Rolls-Royce international defence customer base.
The agreement was exchanged between Mr. B Krishna Jumar0 Executive, Director (Engine & IMGT), HAL and Mr. Abhishek Singh, Senior Vice President- Defence, India and SouthEast Asia, Rolls Royce here today.
Through its partnership, Rolls Royce aims to strengthen the ecosystem for Adour engines in India by building on HAL’s existing capabilities for manufacturing and supporting the Adour engines for Indian customers over several decades. This follows the MoU signed by Rolls Royce and HAL during the Aero India 2021 to establish an Authorised Maintenance Center for Adour at HAL to support international military customers and operators.
On the occasion, Mr. R. Madhavan, CMD, HAL said, “With over 30 years experience of supporting repair and maintenance services for the Adour engines in India, HAL has capability and capacity to support a large defence customer base. We plan to be a key player in the supply chain of Adour engines and expect more orders to follow. We look forward to working with Rolls-Royce to build on this capacity to serve the global market for supply of spares and MRO of Adour engines. This new partnership will create avenues for the two companies to expand the defence sourcing footprint in India.
Commenting on the partnership with HAL, Mr Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls Royce India and South Asia from Rolls Royce said, “Our valued partnership with HAL has grown from strength to strength over the last few decades and this is a significant step towards strengthening the defence manufacturing ecosystem in India, and to help catapult India’s vision for the defence sector to ‘make in India’ for the world.”
Mr. Alex Zino, Executive Vice President-Business Development and the Future Programmes (Defence) said, “We are excited to expand our long-standing partnership with HAL to support long term sustainment of our Adour engines for both India and global customers. We believe HAL’s expertise in manufacturing and supporting Adour engines will pave the way for several of our customers to successfully operate the Adour engines for many more years. This is our first defence supplies agreement in India and creates an opportunity for India to increase its defence export given the robust demand forecast for high precision components in this sector. “
Mr. C.B. Ananthakrishnan, Director (Finance), Mr. M.S. Velpari, Director (Operations) and Mr. Amitabh Bhatt , CEO (Bangalore Complex) from HAL was also present on the occasion.