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Safran And Hindustan Sign A Contract To Create Helicopter Engines

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  • The two businesses have collaborated on helicopter engines like the Shakti and Ardiden 1U versions for more than 50 years.
  • The two businesses' joint venture, Helicopter Engines MRO Private Ltd., began construction on a new facility in Sattari in March with the intention of offering maintenance

Safran, a French corporation, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., an Indian company, announced on Friday that they are forming a joint venture to develop helicopter engines in Asia.

According to a news release, the alliance would likely concentrate on supplying power for India’s future 13-ton multirole helicopter, furthering Atmanirbhar Bharat, the nation’s economic plan designed to increase domestic industry’s self-reliance.

According to Franck Saudo, CEO of Safran Helicopter Engines, “the establishment of this new joint venture signals a turning point in our collaboration with HAL and the Indian [Ministry of Defence] with the development and production of a new generation of helicopter engines.” India’s Armed Forces are one of the biggest users of Safran-designed helicopter engines, with a fleet of more than 1,000 engines.

The two businesses have collaborated on helicopter engines like the Shakti and Ardiden 1U versions for more than 50 years.

R. Madhavan, the chief managing director of Hindustan, expressed excitement for the advancement of the multirole helicopter and its naval version.

The two businesses’ joint venture, Helicopter Engines MRO Private Ltd., began construction on a new facility in Sattari in March with the intention of offering maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for TM333 and Shakti engines to the Indian military.

By the end of 2023, the facility is anticipated to be operating.

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