Turbomeca and HAL forge support partnership for Indian customers
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.
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.
For more information: www.turbomeca.com, www.safran-group.com et www.hal-india.com.