Franck Saudo, chief executive of Safran Helicopter Engines, who spoke to French weekly financial newspaper ” La Tribune” has said that Ardiden 1U engine developed for the LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will complete its certification by end of this year and the company expects LUH will be soon inducted into Indian Army and Air force for which it will get engine orders soon from HAL.

The Ardiden 1U underwent first bench tests in December 2014. Its first flight powering the LUH took place on 6 September 2016 in Bangalore. Ardiden 1U is a single-engine variant of the 1H1/Shakti which powers the twin-engine Druhv and LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

The Arrius 2G1 has been selected by Russian Helicopters to power the twin-engine Ka-226T light helicopter. Ka-226T is also selected by India to be manufactured locally in India to meet the demands of the Indian Army and Indian Air force, Safran Helicopter Engine is also expecting fresh orders from India for this particular engines.

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