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HAL, France’s Safran ink deal to develop helicopter engines.

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According to the source on Friday saw the signing of a new joint venture agreement between France’s Safran Helicopter Engines and state-run aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), according to a statement from HAL. In the presence of Safran Group CEO Olivier Andriès, it was signed by Safran Helicopter Engines CEO Franck Saudo and HAL Chairman R Madhavan.

In order to meet the needs of future helicopters being developed by HAL and the defence department, including the 13-ton IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter), the new aero-engine company in India will be focused on the development, production, sales, and support of helicopter engines, according to HAL.

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In both Indian and international markets, IMRH is anticipated to compete with Russian Mi-17 helicopters. According to HAL officials, the platform might have a sizable market given that approximately 40 air forces throughout the world have helicopters similar to the Mi-17.IMRH will be able to perform a wide range of tasks, including as transporting troops, leading assault operations, performing air maintenance, and anti-submarine warfare.

For several decades, Safran Helicopter Engines has been a valued partner. We now eagerly anticipate taking advantage of this chance to draw on HAL’s expertise in producing more than 15 different types of aircraft and helicopter engines to jointly co-develop and manufacture engines with a focus on IMRH and its naval variant, the deck-based MRH, as soon as possible, said Madhavan.

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According to a HAL statement, HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines already work together on a number of projects, including the Shakti engine that powers several HAL-built helicopters, including the Dhruv, Rudra, and the light combat helicopter.

On July 5, a high-level delegation of Safran Group had met defence minister Rajnath Singh and briefed him on the firm’s upcoming projects in the country including the setting up of a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Hyderabad.

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