HAL, Safran agree on JV for helicopter MRO in India

  • Impetus to ‘Make in India’: The joint venture to open in India in the coming months

  • MRO to initially service Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines; scope to enlarge work

Farnborough (UK): Indian state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and French defence firm Safran Helicopter Engines have agreed to establish a support centre in India for national and international rotorcraft customers. The Joint Venture (JV) will be opened in the coming months, a statement from the company from the Farnborough Air Show said today.

* The centre will provide Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines that powers HAL-built helicopters. SafranHelicopterEngines-Ardiden1H1-©-RemyBertrand

* This scope would be enlarged to include other engines, which both partners may further agree.

* The JV will provide impetus for the ‘Made in India’ initiative and its ambition of flying around 1,000 Shakti engines in India during the coming years: Statement.

* The JV places both partners on an ambitious path in the engine MRO business, says HAL Chairman and Managing Director T. Suvarna Raju.

* Together, HAL and Safran are committed to delivering support to customers, both in India and throughout the region, says Safran Helicopter Engines CEO Bruno Even.

* The JV marks a new step in the long-lasting and fruitful partnership between Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL, says Safran Helicopter Engines Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development Serge Maillé.

NOTE: With over 1000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, India’s armed forces are one of the largest operators of Safran-designed helicopter engines. Shakti is the Indian designation for the Safran’s Ardiden 1, co-developed with HAL and produced under license.

NOTE: Shakti is fitted to HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter ‘Dhruv’ and has been selected to power the HAL-designed Light Combat Helicopter. The new Light Utility Helicopter, a three-ton single-engine chopper, under development, is also fitted with a Turbomeca engine.

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