Alexandre Ziegler, former French Ambassador to India is now the Senior Executive Vice President, International and Public Affairs, Safran. In an interview to ET, the senior executive says that France is ready to go the extra mile to support India for its indigenous weapons industry. He says leading engine manufacturer Safran is in India for the long run and is seeking more local partnerships.
As India embarks on its plan to develop a future fighter jet, what role can Safran offer in the development process. Have talks been initiated for a possible partnership?
For several decades, Safran has been a major partner in the development of Indian aerospace. And we have always made technology transfer a key factor in our development in India. Just think, for example, of the Vikas rocket engine, derived from an engine we still manufacture for Ariane rockets.