India has announced to develop an advanced multirole fighter jet with the Air Force. French engine manufacturer Safran is ready to transfer the full technology for jet engines that can power next generation fighter jets.
Reports suggest the talks are ongoing. India is insisting that the fighter jets should be powered with an indigenous engine and home developed weapon systems. The former French Ambassador, Alexandre Ziegler who has taken over as Safran senior executive Vice President said in his first remarks that they have started conversation between the two sides for a potential partnership for the next generation fighter jets.
Development of an indigenous fighter jet engine is important for strategic autonomy. Ziegler said our technologies make France one of the four countries in the world to lead the complete development of a fighter jet engine and if India needs us on this particularly strategic field we will be delighted and honored to make contribution. Safran is a significant supplier of systems for the Rafale fighter jets ordered for the Air Force and it has already partnered in major Indian space projects and helicopter engines. Safran is definitely ready for a partnership with India with full support of the French government.