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Safran and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are set to commence the development of a new engine for the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) program later this year. The joint venture, established after signing an MoU in 2022 in the presence of Safran Global CEO Olivier Andriès and senior HAL officials, marks a significant step towards enhancing indigenous capabilities in helicopter engine technology.

Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL have already finalized a workshare agreement for the engine development of the 13-tonne IMRH and its naval variant, the Deck-Based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH). Both parties have reached an understanding of the distribution of responsibilities, with HAL’s active participation in the design, development, and production of core engine components.

The IMRH program is scheduled to be launched in four years, and HAL will have the opportunity to manufacture a majority of the engine components within the country. The core section of the engine will be based on the Aneto-1K engine, specifically designed for super-medium and heavy helicopters, capable of delivering between 2,500 and 3,000 shaft horsepower (shp).

The collaboration between Safran and HAL represents a significant milestone in advancing India’s self-reliance in the field of helicopter engine technology. By leveraging the expertise and resources of both companies, the development of a new engine for the IMRH program aims to strengthen the domestic aerospace industry and propel India towards achieving its strategic goals.

As the partnership between Safran and HAL progresses, the collaborative development of the new engine for the IMRH program holds promise for bolstering India’s aerospace capabilities and establishing the country as a key player in the global helicopter industry. The project demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to achieving technical excellence and promoting a self-reliant defence ecosystem in India.

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