Turbomeca (Safran), and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have signed, at the Paris Air Show, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish in India a joint venture to support customers in India as well as some others of different countries.
This joint venture will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for Turbomeca and HAL engines installed on HAL-produced helicopters. Therefore the engine fleet which will be addressed is the TM333 and Shakti engines. Together, Turbomeca and HAL intend to offer their Indian customers a first-class service, with the goal of optimizing engine availability.
With a fleet of over 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, India’s armed forces are the largest operator of Turbomeca-designed engines in the country. Shakti is the Indian designation of the Turbomeca Ardiden 1, co-developed with HAL, and produced under license.
This joint venture will boost the “Make-in-India” drive, considering the forecast that around 1,000 Shakti engines will be flying in India over the coming years.
Franck Saudo, Turbomeca Executive Vice President Support & Services, said, “this joint venture is a new step in a long-lasting and fruitful partnership between Turbomeca and HAL We are extremely proud of the continued confidence placed in us by HAL. Together with HAL, we are committed to offer world-class support to customers in India as well as some others of different countries”.
Shri T Suvarna Raju, HAL Chairman and Managing Director, said: “The partnership reflects the close relationship established over many years between HAL and Turbomeca. This MoU places HAL and Turbomeca on a path of ambitious future partnership towards customer support in the field of engine MRO”.
Shakti is fitted to HAL’s ALH/Dhruv rotorcraft. Over the past years, the engine has been selected to power the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) and the new, HAL-designed LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), a three-ton single-engine aircraft under development.
Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer and, since its foundation in 1938, has produced over 72,000 turbines. Turbomeca offers the widest range of helicopter engines in the world and has more than 2,500 customers in 155 countries. Turbomeca has 15 sites and operates on each continent, providing its customers with a proximity service through 36 distributors and certified maintenance centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul Centers, and 90 Field Representatives and Field Technicians. Turbomeca subsidiary Microturbo is the leading European manufacturer of turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is a premier aeronautical complex of South East Asia. HAL’s expertise encompasses Design, Production, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade of Aircraft, Helicopters, Aero-engines, Accessories, Avionics and Systems. HAL today provides one stop solution for all the design needs of Aircraft & Helicopters in Airframes, Airframe systems, Avionics, Mission & Combat Systems using advanced design tools. HAL has also diversified into manufacture and repair/overhaul of Industrial & Marine Gas Turbine engines and manufacture of structures for Aerospace vehicles.
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