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NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE

Safran and HAL’s New MRO to Support Indian Helicopter Operators
 
Manohar Parrikar inaugurated Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO)

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO), a joint venture of Safran and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), in Goa on October 23. This joint venture will support helicopter engines operated by national and international operators from a 1,000 sqm office and a 3,800 sqm shop facility.

T. Suvarna Raju, HAL chairman and managing director said, “HE-MRO reflects the close relationship established over many years between HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines. This new MRO centre will improve customer satisfaction through improved serviceability and reduced cycle time”.

Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, commented “HE-MRO marks a new step in the long-lasting and fruitful partnership between Safran and HAL. We are extremely proud of the continued confidence placed in us by HAL. Together we are committed to delivering world-class support to our customers, both in India and throughout the region”.

This new centre will provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines installed on HAL-built helicopters. It will start its activities in 2017 with a capacity of 50 repaired engines a year and a full-capacity goal of 150 in the coming years. By then, the initial staff of 30 will also grow to 100. The centre’s capabilities could also be enlarged to include other engines. Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL will provide their customers with a first-class service including optimised engine availability. With a fleet of over 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, India’s armed forces are one of the largest operators of Safran-designed helicopter engines. Shakti is the Indian designation for the Safran Ardiden 1H1, co-developed with HAL and produced under license.

Shakti is fitted to HAL’s ALH/Dhruv and has been selected to power the HAL-designed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). The Ardiden 1U variant powers the new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), a three-ton single-engine aircraft that made its maiden flight in September 2016.


 
 


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