Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Rolls-Royce have agreed to expand their partnership in India for collaboration in two significant areas – expanding the supply chain for both civil and defence markets, and establishing an authorized maintenance centre for ADOUR Mk871 engines to support the global customer base. The two companies thus build on a rich 60-year partnership, wherein Rolls-Royce engines have been ‘Made in India’ and supported by HAL under license.

Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India and South Asia commented "We value our long-standing partnership with HAL and are proud to have been serving the Indian armed forces together for several decades now. Our journey with HAL is the original ‘Make in India’ story that started in 1956, when our ORPHEUS engines were first manufactured in India […] We share strong synergies with HAL and as we look at future programmes, we believe there is immense potential to further build on our shared capabilities."

Alex Zino, Executive Vice President – Business Development and Future Programmes (Defence), at Rolls-Royce, added “We have been ‘making in India’ for more than 60 years and we believe that now is the time to move from ‘Make in India’ to ‘Create in India’. We are committed to co-develop future defence technology with India, in India, for India and the global market. In partnership, we will work to deliver economic benefit and achieve India’s vision of self-reliance in the defence sector [and] to further expand our valued partnership with HAL as we continue co-building capabilities in the Indian ecosystem to support global markets, in addition to further serving the needs of a future-ready defence force in India.”

The two companies have also signed a Letter of Intent to work towards making ADOUR Mk871 engine parts in India for several international customers. In addition, HAL has recently been awarded new business with Rolls-Royce to supply forgings including shrouds, cases and seals for the TRENT family and PEARL 15 engines. These parts will be manufactured at HAL’s Foundry and Forge Division in Bangalore.

The signing ceremony at AERO India last week. (Photo: HAL)

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