Rolls-Royce in In­dia: Part­ner­ing for Fu­ture Suc­cess

SP's Aviation - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - The writer is Pres­i­dent, Rolls-Royce, In­dia and South Asia. By KISHORE JAYARAMAN

In­dia is in the process of re­plac­ing 50 per­cent of its age­ing de­fence equip­ment. It is ex­pected to spend $100-150 bil­lion on de­fence mod­erni­sa­tion pro­grammes by 2022. This presents a huge op­por­tu­nity for MNCs and SMEs to lever­age the fast-grow­ing aero­space and de­fence sec­tor in the coun­try.

As a lead­ing in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy com­pany, Rolls-Royce pi­o­neers’ cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies that de­liver the clean­est, safest and most com­pet­i­tive so­lu­tions to meet our planet’s vi­tal power needs. Around the world, around the clock, our De­fence busi­ness pro­vides the power and sup­port our cus­tomers need to ful­fill their mis­sions.

With In­dian Air Force un­der­go­ing its mod­erni­sa­tion pro­grammes, Roll­sRoyce is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing it with the best value, and high­est qual­ity prod­ucts pos­si­ble. We will con­tinue to sup­port to­day’s fleets and strive to fur­ther in­crease their ca­pa­bil­ity.

We are also keen to play a role in In­dia’s in­di­geni­sa­tion am­bi­tions. To­day, we are al­ready nur­tur­ing skills, de­vel­op­ing lo­cal sup­plier base and build­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and go­ing for­ward, we are ready to even­tu­ally em­brace op­por­tu­ni­ties to co-de­velop and co­man­u­fac­ture for the grow­ing aero­space and de­fence sec­tor with the right In­dian strate­gic part­ners.

We are com­mit­ted to work­ing more closely with our stake­hold­ers to en­able them to ben­e­fit from our in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies.


We have been as­so­ci­ated with the In­dian Armed Forces for over 85 years now. Our en­gines power var­i­ous types of air­craft for de­fence forces - from com­bat and strike air­craft (the Jaguar, pow­ered by the Adour Mk811) to train­ers (Hawk Ad­vanced Jet Trainer, pow­ered by Adour Mk871) to strate­gic air­lift air­craft (C-130J Her­cules, pow­ered by AE 2100) and even VVIP and Surveil­lance air­craft (ERJ145, pow­ered by AE 3007). With about 750 en­gines across ten en­gine types in ser­vice with the In­dian Armed Forces, we pro­vide a wide range of sup­port solu- tions rang­ing from the pro­vi­sion of 24 x 7 tech­ni­cal ad­vices, through sup­ply­ing spares and ma­te­rial, right up to Mis­sionCareTM which pro­vides a com­plete sup­port so­lu­tion to the cus­tomer and have been proven to max­imise the num­ber of en­gines avail­able to fly while also sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing the cost of sup­port.

Our field ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives (FSRs) work in close sup­port with Armed Forces per­son­nel to max­imise the avail­abil­ity of en­gines on wings and pro­vide on-ground tech­ni­cal ad­vice di­rectly to our cus­tomers, thereby dras­ti­cally re­duc­ing main­te­nance and over­haul times.

Over the years, we have played a vi­tal role in the de­vel­op­ment and trans­for­ma­tion of In­dia’s indige­nous aero­space in­dus­try.


As In­dia pro­gresses to­wards a de­vel­oped econ­omy, it is em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy at an in­creas­ing pace across all spheres of in­dus­try, so­ci­ety and na­tion build­ing. Specif­i­cally in the de­fence sec­tor, the coun­try’s as­pi­ra­tion to evolve from a re­gional power to a global power has led to cre­ation of well-de­fined ini­tia­tives fo­cused on in­di­geni­sa­tion & self-reliance. Cur­rently, the coun­try is at the right junc­ture to build a vi­brant lo­cal de­fence in­dus­try ecosys­tem that could sup­port both do­mes­tic and ex­port de­mand.

The vi­sion for the fu­ture will be not just tech­nol­ogy trans­fers and man­u­fac­tur­ing but on cre­at­ing a broader ecosys­tem that in­cludes co-de­sign, co-de­vel­op­ment, co-man­u­fac­tur­ing, sup­ply chain and sup­port. This en­tails ca­pa­bil­ity cre­ation and skilling rather than just tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and it is some­thing that Rolls-Royce con­sid­ers one of its core strengths.

Our global ex­pe­ri­ence and best prac­tises that stem from sup­port­ing 160 armed forces in over 100 coun­tries gives us a unique op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with In­dia.


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