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HAL shares development of Safran's engine for IMRH
Thursday, 16 February 2023
The two companies are building closer cooperation which will also include the manufacturing of seven critical forging and casting raw parts for the Shakti engine of Dhruv and the Light Combat Helicopter.

Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed a workshare agreement for the joint development of the engine intended for the future 13-ton IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter) and its naval version DBMRH (Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter).

This agreement follows an MoU signed last July and stipulates the sharing of activities within the joint venture where both parties have agreed on an equivalent repartition. 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 workshare agreement was signed by Florent Chauvancy, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Sales and Marketing, and K Ramesh, General Manager, HAL Aero Engine Research and Design Centre, in presence of Shri C. B. Ananthakrishnan, CMD, HAL and Franck Saudo, CEO, Safran Helicopter Engines.

The development of the IMRH helicopter continues, and a one-third 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.

Ananthakrishnan says: “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”.

Saudo adds: “We are very proud to be associated with such an important program of the Indian MoD 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”.

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.

Both partners also agreed on the condition for the transfer right to HAL for manufacturing of seven critical forging and casting raw parts, for further enhancement of indigenous content in Shakti engine of Dhruv and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) programs.

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Safran Helicopter Engines Additive Manufacturing, Auxiliary Power Units, Electric Motors, Turbine Engine Blades, Turboshaft Engines
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