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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Safran Helicopter Engines, a French leader in helicopter engine manufacturing, have embarked on a collaborative effort to develop a new engine for India’s indigenous Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) program. This initiative signifies a significant step towards self-reliance in India’s defense aviation sector.

The joint venture between HAL and Safran will not only ensure local production of the IMRH engine but also grant India intellectual property rights (IPR) for the technology. This crucial aspect allows India to further develop and manufacture the engine and its variants without requiring continual approval from Safran.

The new engine is designed for super-medium and heavy helicopters, similar to Safran’s Aneto family of engines, which generate between 2,500 and 3,000 shaft horsepower (shp). HAL’s participation extends beyond manufacturing. The agreement ensures HAL’s active involvement in the core engine development program, enabling them to contribute valuable expertise and gain experience in advanced engine technologies.

This joint venture presents a multitude of benefits for India. Local production of the IMRH engine strengthens India’s defense capabilities and reduces dependence on foreign suppliers. Additionally, IPR ownership paves the way for future advancements in domestic engine development, potentially leading to applications beyond the IMRH program.

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