Snecma (Safran) and Max Aerospace signed an agreement on October 21st, 2014 in Delhi, India to create a joint venture called Max Aero Engines Private Limited (MAEPL), which will offer military aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in India. 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, Military Engines at Snecma.