New Delhi | Rolls-Royce congratulated the brave airmen of India on the occasion of 89th Indian Air Force Day. On this occasion a proud partner of the Indian Air Force (IAF) since 1933, the Rolls-Royce Bristol Jupiter Engine powered the IAF’s first flight. More than 750 Rolls-Royce engines of 10 engine types are powering various aircraft of the Indian Army, including fighter and strike aircraft, trainers, strategic airlifts, VVIPs and surveillance aircraft. Over the years, Rolls-Royce has established a strong ecosystem in India to support these engines. A dedicated Defense Services Center in Bengaluru supports all Rolls-Royce locomotives in operation with the Armed Forces.
Kishor Jayaraman, President, India and South Asia, Rolls-Royce said, “It has been both our privilege and honor to serve the Indian Air Force for the past eight decades and we salute the brave officers of the Indian Air Force on this occasion of the Air Force. As India envisions the fleet of the future, our commitment to supporting the country’s defense indigenization and self-reliance goals remains strong as ever.”
Through its growing partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Rolls-Royce further strengthens its commitment to serve the Indian Air Force and enable the mission capability of the fleet. Rolls-Royce engines are ‘Made in India’ and are supported by HAL for more than 60 years. The partnership has evolved to include an authorized maintenance center at HAL and a supply chain agreement for the Adore Mk871 engine that enables Adore engine parts to be manufactured in India to support IAF and Rolls-Royce’s global customers.
Abhishek Singh, Senior Vice President, Defense, India and South East Asia, Rolls-Royce, said, “We are honored to be supporting the Indian Armed Forces to fulfill critical training, transport and combat roles. We prepare for the mission. The number of engines that power the Indian Air Force fleet and enable ‘Power to Protect’ through our technologically advanced product and service offerings.”
Major Rolls-Royce engine types powering various military aircraft in India include Jaguar, a Jaguar powered by Adour Mk 811, Hawk advanced jet trainer powered by Adour Mk 871, strategic airlift aircraft C-130J Hercules powered by AE 2100, VVIP and surveillance aircraft operated ERJ-145.