SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk 871 turbofans engine that is manufactured by Rolls-Royce in collaboration with Safran subsidiary Turbomeca has been having troubles with its turbine blade lifespan issue that lead to the grounding of the Royal Air Force’s Hawk T2 training aircraft after engine problems were identified.
Rolls-Royce has claimed that it is not a problem restricted to India alone and has provided an interim solution to the HAL but idrw.org has been told that a permanent fix to the issue of short-lived turbine blades will only come by end of 2025.
Indian Air Force and Indian Navy operate 106 Hawk 132s that are in active service that was ordered between 2004 and 2010 in two batches and locally manufactured in India by HAL. IAF has a fleet of 98 Hawk 132 and IN has a fleet of 17 Hawk 132s that have been provided with an interim solution to the issue with the engines while the fleet remains operational with increased periodic checks being carried out on the turbine blades.
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