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SOURCE: AFI

In a landmark move that promises to propel India’s defense manufacturing to new heights, Rolls-Royce, the renowned British engine manufacturer, has forged a seven-year strategic partnership with Hyderabad-based Azad Engineering. This groundbreaking collaboration will see Azad Engineering manufacture crucial components for Rolls-Royce’s cutting-edge defense aircraft engines, marking a significant leap for India’s self-reliance in the aerospace sector.

The partnership throws open doors for Azad Engineering, granting them entry into the coveted global supply chain for Rolls-Royce’s advanced aero engines. This strategic move aligns perfectly with India’s vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat,” or self-reliance, showcasing a robust commitment to building a thriving domestic defense manufacturing ecosystem.

Key figures from both sides expressed immense optimism about the collaboration. Rakesh Chopdar, Founder and CEO of Azad Engineering, exuded pride: “We are incredibly honored to be chosen by Rolls-Royce as a strategic partner for this crucial endeavor. Manufacturing these complex and critical components in India not only demonstrates the capabilities of Azad Engineering but also signifies a pivotal moment for India’s aerospace and defense industry.”

Echoing this sentiment, Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls-Royce India & South Asia, emphasized the significance of the partnership: “This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to India’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and our continued efforts to build a strong and diverse supply chain. Azad Engineering’s expertise and commitment to quality make them the ideal partner for this project.”

The partnership is expected to create high-skilled jobs in India and contribute significantly to the development of the country’s aerospace and defense technology. This collaboration marks a defining moment for India’s ambitions in the global defense market, paving the way for further advancements and solidifying its position as a leader in this critical sector.