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At the beginning of this year, Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) collaborated to sign a workshare agreement for jointly developing the engine that will power the upcoming 13-ton Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) and its naval version, the Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH).

Safran and HAL have announced that they will persist in their partnership to develop the joint venture in the following months. The project aims to create an engine not only for the IMRH, but also for other types of helicopters.

The engine will utilize the Aneto-1K as its base, which was originally designed for super-medium and heavy helicopters. However, it will undergo further modifications to meet the specific requirements of India, and HAL will contribute their inputs towards local licensing of the engine with indigenous content.

According to sources at idrw, it has been revealed that the Indian Navy may select the same engine but with higher shp power outputs for the DBMRH (Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter), as it will be more than 1 ton heavier and will require the ability to carry significant payloads for anti-submarine operations.

The Safran-HAL technical team think that the engine is capable of providing additional power output as the Aneto-1K engine is designed to produce between 2,500 and 3,000 shp. However, the specific power requirements will be determined prior to the start of the engine prototype development.

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