Safran and HAL will develop new helicopter engines in joint venture

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  • The two companies have collaborated on helicopter engines like the Shakti and Ardiden 1U versions for over 50 years.
  • The two companies’ joint venture, Helicopter Engines MRO Private Ltd., began construction of a new facility in Sattari in March to offer maintenance services

Safran, a French company, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., an Indian company, announced on Friday the creation of a joint venture to develop helicopter engines in Asia.

According to a press release, the alliance would likely focus on providing power for India’s future 13-tonne multirole helicopter, advancing Atmanirbhar Bharat, the country’s economic plan designed to increase India’s self-reliance. national industry.

According to Franck Saudo, CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines, “the creation of this new joint venture marks a turning point in our collaboration with HAL and the Indian [Ministry of Defence] with the development and production of a new generation of helicopter engines. The Indian army is one of the largest users of helicopter engines designed by Safran, with a fleet of more than 1,000 engines.

The two companies have collaborated on helicopter engines like the Shakti and Ardiden 1U versions for over 50 years.

R. Madhavan, the chief general manager of Hindustan, expressed his enthusiasm for the advancement of the multirole helicopter and its naval version.

The two companies’ joint venture, Helicopter Engines MRO Private Ltd., began construction of a new facility in Sattari in March with the intention of offering maintenance, repair and overhaul services for TM333 and Shakti engines to the Indian army.

By the end of 2023, the facility should be operational.

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