Rolls Royce inked a pact with Hyderabad engineering firm Azad to make defence aircraft engine complex components
Rolls-Royce has entered a game-changing seven-year alliance with Hyderabad-based Azad Engineering to produce complex components for its military aircraft engines. This strategic partnership elevates Azad Engineering into the global supply chain for Rolls-Royce’s cutting-edge aero engines, signifying a substantial advancement for India in defence manufacturing. The agreement centres on the manufacturing of intricately designed rotating components tailored for diverse platforms within Rolls-Royce’s defence engines.
Rolls-Royce holds a dominant position in the defenceaerospace engine market. Presently, Indian Military aircraft are propelled by over 750 Rolls-Royce engines across ten different engine types. Operating in more than 50 countries globally, Rolls-Royce serves customers in over 150 nations.
Stating strong collaboration has been at the heart of Rolls-Royce’s journey of success in India, Alex Zino, Executive Vice President of business development and future programmes of Rolls-Royce, emphasised the partnership’s role in strengthening the defence ecosystem and expanding the supply chain within India.
“As we work towards strengthening the defence ecosystem, we are happy to expand our supply chain in India in partnership with Azad Engineering. Sourcing complex components from India for aero engine programmes further advances the goal of capability creation in the country,” said Zino.
Abhishek Singh, Senior Vice President, Defence, India and South-East Asia of Rolls-Royce, echoed this sentiment, noting that the agreement with Azad Engineering is a significant step toward leveraging Indian companies to contribute to the defence manufacturing ecosystem.
Azad Engineering manufactures medium and highly complex precision components, assemblies/sub-assemblies that are mission-critical for the application of civil and military platforms.
“The agreement with Azad Engineering is another significant step for Rolls-Royce towards harnessing the potential of Indian companies to contribute to the defencemanufacturing ecosystem. This reiterates our commitment to building our presence in India through local partnerships, furthering the vision of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat,” said Singh.
Rolls-Royce has a strong ecosystem in India, encompassing strategic local partnerships, joint ventures, a robust supply chain, engineering capability, digital solutions and service delivery capabilities.
“Bringing these critical components to India not only showcases the capabilities of Azad Engineering but also represents a pivotal moment for India’s aerospace and defence industry, demonstrating the country’s growing prowess in advanced manufacturing,” said Rakesh Chopda, Founder and CEO of Azad Engineering.
This deal is a milestone in India’s defence manufacturing sector, which will promote innovation and mutual growth and play a substantial role in advancing the vision of a self-reliant India within the aerospace industry.