HAL, Safran to form JV for co-development of helicopter engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have decided  to set up their new joint venture company (JVC) in Bangalore, India.

It will be dedicated to the design, development, production, sales and support of helicopter engines.

The first objective of the Joint Venture (JV) is to build the most adequate propulsion solution for the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) future 13-ton IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter) and its naval version DBMRH (Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter).

This joint venture will be India’s first engine design and manufacturing in house.

This decision was achieved following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 8th July 2022 and an agreement on workshare reached between the two partners during Aero India 2023.

Notably, Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL already have multiple successful partnerships on helicopter powerplants, including the Shakti engine, which powers HAL-produced helicopters, comprising the Dhruv, Rudra and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH Prachand).

As of now, more than 500 Shakti engines have already been produced.

The new joint venture further extends the sphere of current cooperation and explores opportunities for strategic business collaboration that leverage the complementary talents and capabilities of the two aviation firms.

Through 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 the service of Indian Armed Forces.

Source: https://www.safran-group.com/pressroom/safran-hal-vont-creer-coentreprise-concevoir-produire-inde-moteurs-helicoptere-nouvelle-generation-2023-07-14

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