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French company Safran partners with HAL to develop helicopter engines

ByLinda W. Smith

Jul 9, 2022

The French engine manufacturer Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed an agreement to create a joint venture to develop helicopter engines.

As part of this, the two partners will establish a new aircraft engine company in India to develop and produce helicopter engines.

One of its main objectives is to meet the needs of HAL and future Ministry of Defense (MoD) helicopters, including the future 13-ton Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH).

Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL already have multiple partnerships, including the Shakti engine, which powers helicopters produced by HAL, including the Dhruv, Rudra and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). More than 500 Shakti engines have already been produced.

“This MoU demonstrates once again the commitment of Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL to the Indian government’s vision of achieving self-reliance, especially in defense technologies,” the company said.

“Safran Helicopter Engines has been our valued partner for several decades. We now look forward to using this opportunity to leverage HAL’s experience in manufacturing over 15 types of aircraft and helicopter engines to co-develop and jointly manufacture engines with an immediate focus on ‘IMRH and its naval variant, the Deck-Based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH),’ said R Madhavan, HAL CMD.

Safran recently announced plans to establish its largest commercial aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Hyderabad by 2025.

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