SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
India’s esteemed state-owned aerospace and defence company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), is embarking on a significant endeavour that promises to reshape the country’s military aviation capabilities. HAL is currently at the forefront of two groundbreaking helicopter programs: the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) designed for the Indian Air Force and Indian Army, and the Deck-based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH) tailored for the Indian Navy. These ventures are expected to secure approximately 400 orders, ensuring the sustained operation of production lines well into 2045.
The IMRH program is poised to adopt an innovative approach by implementing the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) model, where private sector companies will hold a substantial stake in the newly formed entity. Production of the IMRH is scheduled to commence in 2031, initially producing six units annually. This rate will progressively increase to 12, 24, and eventually 30 units per year from 2035 onwards, with this pace maintained until 2044.
Notably, HAL has already forged a partnership with French aerospace company Safran for the co-development of a cutting-edge engine specifically designed to power the 13-ton IMRH helicopters. These state-of-the-art helicopters are set to be manufactured in a facility located near Tumkur, near Bangalore.
The IMRH program is envisioned to be a game-changer, heralding the retirement of ageing Russian-supplied Mi-8 HIP helicopters. Initially, it will focus on replacing these ageing aircraft, and subsequently, more modernized Mi-17 variants will follow suit. These helicopters are considered the workhorses of the Indian Army and Air Force’s logistical operations.
The DBMRH program, tailored for the Indian Navy, adds another dimension to India’s indigenous helicopter capabilities. These multi-role helicopters are anticipated to bolster the naval fleet’s capabilities and provide enhanced operational flexibility in maritime scenarios.
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