ENGINE TO POWER INDIGENOUS MULTIROLE HELICOPTER
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.