SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) plans to equip its Airforce and Army variants of the Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) with one set of engine option and Navy with another engine option so that helicopter variants can meet the operational requirements of each user and they also have options to chose between two engines. HAL has invited bids from International aerospace engine makers who manufacture turboshaft engines for helicopters in the 13ton category.
HAL has confirmed that it has received offers from the USA, France, and Russia who have developed heavy-duty turboshaft engines in the 2500 horsepower range that will be license manufactured locally in India once they are finalized by the users. All Three Tri-service have been given the option to go with one engine or with two engines for their requirements. While HAL is tightlipped about engines on offer, an informed source close to idrw.org has confirmed three engines offered to India, but only two might be selected and offered as options for Airforce/Army and Navy variants.
French company Safran has offered its Aneto turboshaft engines that have several models covering 2,500 to over 3,000 shp power range. Safran Helicopter Engines Unit has a long-association with HAL and engines developed by them are presently powering ALH-Dhruv / LCH and LUH Helicopters.
Russia has offered its VK-2500PS-03 helicopter turboshaft engine that is equipped with FADEC and further fine-tuned for operating in high mountains and areas with hot climates. The engine is also powering the latest variants of the Mi-17-V5 helicopter operated by India.
America’s GE Aviation has offered its CT7-8 turboshaft engine that has several models covering 2,500 to 3,000 shp class power range. CT7-8 turboshaft engines are presently used on Bell 214ST and 525, Sikorsky S-70, S-92, and AgustaWestland’s AW101 and AW189.
HAL plans to start developmental trials by 2028 and wants to keep two engine options so has to keep OEMs in check so that they don’t hike their price after the Helicopter goes into production.
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