Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) join forces for Indian MultiRole Helicopter engine development
Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) signed a workshare agreement for the joint development of the engine intended for the future 13-ton Indian MultiRole Helicopter (IMRH) and its naval version, the Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH). The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in July 2022 and stipulates the sharing of activities within the joint venture where both parties have agreed on an equivalent repartition.
Under the agreement, HAL will take part in the design, development, and production of some of the core engine components, which is a breakthrough achievement in terms of expertise and know-how in the country. This agreement was signed in the presence of Mr. C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD, HAL, and Mr. Franck Saudo, CEO, Safran Helicopter Engines.
The development of the IMRH helicopter continues, and a 1/3 scale model was displayed by HAL at Aero India 2023. Discussions are also continuing with the Indian Armed Forces on the operational requirements for this new helicopter. Availability of an indigenous engine will enhance the self-reliance content on the platform and demonstrates the commitment of both Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL to the Indian Government’s vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, or achieving self-reliance- particularly in defence technologies.
“The joint development of high power engine is a new milestone in HAL’s ever-growing capabilities in the sector with a competent partner like Safran Helicopter Engines. We are confident of making the engine meet the highly stringent and demanding requirements of Indian Defence customers,” said Mr. C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD, HAL.
“We are very proud to be associated with such an important program of HAL and very happy to once again support HAL, our partner for decades. While this program will bring many advanced technologies to the Indian aerospace ecosystem and to HAL, it will also provide the Indian Armed Forces with state-of-the-art solutions,” commented Mr. Franck Saudo, CEO, Safran Helicopter Engines.
Safran and HAL will continue to work on the development of this joint venture in the coming months, which is intended not only to develop an engine for the IMRH, but also for other helicopters. Safran Helicopter Engine & HAL have also agreed on the condition for the transfer right to HAL for manufacturing of 7 critical Forging and Casting raw parts for further enhancement of Indigenous Content (IC) in the Shakti Engine of ALH / LCH.
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