India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) which has undertaken the design and development of 10-15 ton class IMRH for the Indian Air Force, Indian Army, and Indian Navy. The Naval variant of IMRH is christened Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH) has completed Phase 1 of wind tunnel testing of IMRH of the Army/Air force variant and has commenced Phase 2 of Wind Tunnel testing for further design optimization.

The Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) is identified as one of 18 platforms to be taken up through Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) model. Accordingly, HAL issued the Expression of Interest (EoI) in April 2022 for the selection of an SPV Partner.

HAL recently concluded a deal for the co-development of engines for the IMRH program with the French aerospace major Safran. IMRH will replace the Russian Mi-17 helicopters to be phased out by 2032, but HAL also intends to target the global helicopter market as well. HAL forecasts requirements will be at least 500 helicopters of this type and prospective SPV Partners have been assured at least 400 helicopters will be ordered by the Tri-service of the Indian Armed Forces.

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