Snecma (Safran) and Max Aerospace have partnered to offer military aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in India, the companies said in a joint statement Tuesday.
The joint venture Max Aero Engines Private Ltd (MAEPL) will provide complete engine support solutions, in particular shop-level maintenance and flight line services. More specifically, its main role will be providing maintenance services for the Snecma M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H "Vajra" fighters, on behalf of the Indian Air Force (IAF), starting in 2015.
"For both Snecma and Safran, this joint venture is an excellent opportunity to further cement bonds with India and provide even better service to our Indian customers. By calling on both Max Aerospace’s long experience in aircraft maintenance, and Snecma’s expertise as manufacturer of the M53 engine, MAEPL will deliver world-class local support services to the Indian Air Force." said Didier Desnoyer, Executive Vice President, and Military Engines at Snecma.
“The creation of this JV between Max Aerospace an Indian aviation engineering company and Snecma, one of the world’s leading engine OEM is a momentous occasion for Indian Aviation. We are confident that the formation of this JV company will go a long way in supporting the Indian Forces by ensuring a high level of availability of aero engines in India, starting with the M53 engine on the Mirage 2000.
This partnership is in line with the vision of our Honorable Prime Minister "Come to India, Make in India" said Bharat Malkani, Chairman and Managing Director Max Aerospace and Aviation Private Limited.