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Months af­ter un­veil­ing the full-scale model of the In­dian multi-role he­li­copter, the state-owned Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) has is­sued a re­quest for in­for­ma­tion to sup­ply tur­boshaft en­gine for 10- to 12.5-tonne AUW class twinengine he­li­copter. Be­sides the en­gine, HAL also sought tech­ni­cal con­sul­tancy on ro­tor sys­tem and re­view of the trans­mis­sion sys­tem of multi-role he­li­copter. HAL is en­gaged in the de­sign and de­vel­op­ment of ro­tary-wing air­craft with sta­teof-the-art tech­nolo­gies. The com­pany in­tends to pur­chase the en­gine un­der tech­nol­ogy trans­fer agree­ment. The pre­ferred to­tal en­gine weight with all ac­ces­sories and har­nesses is to be within 250 kg. HAL hopes to have the first flight of the multi-role he­li­copter in six to seven years. In­dia needs ap­prox­i­mately 1,100 he­li­copters for its armed forces.

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