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HAL and Safran Move Forward in Partnership for Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) Engine

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HAL and Safran Move Forward in Partnership for Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) Engine

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HAL and Safran Move Forward in Partnership for Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) Engine
HAL and Safran Move Forward in Partnership for Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) Engine

Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) have signed a workshare agreement for the joint development of the engine intended for the future 13-ton IMRH (Indian Multi-Role Helicopter) and its naval version DBMRH (Deck Based Multi-Role Helicopter). This agreement follows the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed on 8th July 2022 and stipulates the sharing of activities within the joint venture where both parties have agreed on an equivalent repartition. In particular, HAL will take part in the design, development, and production of some of the core engine components, which is a breakthrough achievement in terms of expertise and know-how in the country.

This workshare agreement was signed by Mr. Florent Chauvancy, Safran Helicopter Engines EVP Sales and Marketing, and Mr. K Ramesh, General Manager, HAL Aero Engine Research and Design Centre, in presence of Mr. Shri C. B. Ananthakrishnan, CMD, HAL and Mr. Franck Saudo, CEO, Safran Helicopter Engines. The development of the IMRH helicopter continues, and a 1/3 scale model was displayed by HAL at Aero India 2023. Discussions are also continuing with the Indian Armed Forces on the operational requirements for this new helicopter.

The future Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) and its naval variant, the Deck-Based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH), will be powered by new turboshaft egines to be jointly developed by India's HAL and France's Safran.
The future Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) and its naval variant, the Deck-Based Multi-Role Helicopter (DBMRH), will be powered by new turboshaft egines to be jointly developed by India’s HAL and France’s Safran. (Photo by Safran)

Mr. Franck Saudo, commented, “We are very proud to be associated with such an important program of the Indian MoD and very happy to once again support HAL, our partner for decades. While this program will bring many advanced technologies to the Indian aerospace ecosystem and to HAL, it will also provide the Indian Armed Forces with state-of- the-art solutions”.

Mr. Shri C. B. Ananthakrishnan, stated that: “The joint development of high power engine is a new milestone in HALs ever-growing capabilities in the sector with a competent partner like Safran Helicopter Engines. We are confident of making the engine meet the highly stringent and demanding requirements of Indian Defence customers”.

Availability of an indigenous engine will enhance the self-reliance content on the platform and demonstrates the commitment of both Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL to the Indian Government’s vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, or achieving self-reliance – particularly in defence technologies. Safran and HAL will continue to work on the development of this joint venture in the coming months, which is intended not only to develop an engine for the IMRH, but also for other helicopters. Both partners also agreed on the condition for the transfer right to HAL for manufacturing of seven critical forging and casting raw parts, for further enhancement of indigenous content in Shakti engine of Dhruv and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) programs.

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