HAL to service copter engines with Safran

HAL to service copter engines with Safran

Bengaluru, July 12 (IANS) Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) said on Tuesday it will set up a support centre jointly with French aerospace major Safran to service aero-engines of military and civil helicopters worldwide.

“An agreement to form a joint venture for the support centre was signed with Safran Helicopter Engines at the Farnborough international airshow at Hampshire in Britain on Monday,” HAL said in a statement here.

The agreement was signed by D.K. Venkatesh, Director of HAL, and Bruno Even, Chief Executive of Turbomeca, a Safran subsidiary.

Present on the occasion were HAL Chairman T. Suvarna Raju and Safran Chief Executive Philippe Petitcolin.

“The centre will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Safran TM333 and our Shakti engines which power our helicopters,” the HAL statement said.

With about 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, Indian armed forces are one of the largest operators of Safran-designed helicopter engines.

“The joint venture puts the partners on an ambitious path to offer best customer support in engine MRO and provide impetus to the Make in India initiative of the government, as about 1,000 Shakti engines are set to fly copters in future,” the statement said, citing Raju.

Shakti is the Indian designation for the Safran’s Ardiden 1, co-developed with HAL and produced under licence.

“The joint venture marks a new step in our long partnership as we are committed to deliver support to our customers in India and the region,” the HAL statement said, citing Safran Helicopter Engines’ Vice President (strategy and development) Serve Maille.

Shakti engines are fitted into the HAL-built Advanced Light Helicopters (ALH) Dhruv and will also be powering HAL-designed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH).

The new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), a three-tonne single-engine chopper under development, is also fitted with a Turbomeca engine.


  1. The news that HAL will service helicopters with Safran, the French Company of military and civilian helicopters worldwide is good news.

    India should actively participate with friendly and like-minded countries, if it leads to enhancing the country’s economy and strengthening her military might to counter enemies and terrorirst elements.

  2. Is this called ‘Make in India’?

    The west exploiting poor paid wages to satisfy the western military power. There is no technology sharing or joint venture to build which might lead to build our own future version.

    Our neighbour Chinese are J-11 fighter equivallent to F-15 of US.In other hand Pakistanis are using armed ‘Drones’ while India continue to shopping from Israel the obsolute technology.

    Jai Hind

  3. For kind information, the Chinese J-11 fighter is based on the old Russian designs (which are presently not in service in Russian Air Force) and it cannot match American F-15s in any way. With these old designs, they have collaborated with the Pakistanis to build aircraft for the latter. Pakistan does not have money to make down-payment to buy the latest gizmos from America or any advanced jet aircraft and they prefer to buy stuff available in chor bazaar (thieves market).

    In modern day warfare, these old aircraft will not make any dent, be it dog fights, interceptor roles, supporting the ground troops, etc.

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