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Safran and HAL JV to Develop New Helicopter Engines

Our Bureau - : Jul 13, 2022 - : 10:29 am

Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will create a new joint venture intended to develop helicopter engines.

In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by R. Madhavan, HAL CMD, and Franck Saudo, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, in presence of Olivier Andriès, Safran CEO, both partners will establish a new aero-engine company in India.

One of the main objectives will be to meet the requirements of HAL and India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) for future helicopters, including the future 13-ton IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter).

“We are proud to further expand our structuring partnership with HAL, which began more than 50 years ago, and which was recently illustrated with the development and production of the Shakti engine and the inauguration of our joint venture Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt Limited (HE-MRO),” said Saudo. “With a fleet of over 1,000 engines, India’s Armed Forces are one of the largest operators of Safran-designed helicopter engines”.

“Safran Helicopter Engines has been our valued partner for several decades,” said Madhavan. “We now look forward to utilize this opportunity to leverage HAL’s experience in manufacturing of more than 15 types of aircraft and helicopter engines to jointly co-develop and manufacture engine with immediate focus on IMRH and its naval variant the Deck Based Multi Role Helicopter (DBMRH). This partnership will involve and utilize the Indian Defence manufacturing ecosystem within India”.

Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL have already multiple partnerships, including the Shakti engine, which powers HAL-produced helicopters, including the Dhruv, Rudra, and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). The Ardiden 1U variant also powers the new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). More than 500 Shakti engines have already been produced

Through the HE-MRO joint venture in Goa, Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL will also provide MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) services for TM333 and Shakti engines in service with Indian Armed Forces. It will be operational by the end of 2023.


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