Tur­bomeca (Safran) cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of co­op­er­a­tion with In­dia

An­tic­i­pates a de­mand for 700 new he­li­copters in the next seven years

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

2009 and fi­nally Shakti’s en­try into ser­vice in 2012. Stat­ing Shakti as an In­dian en­gine, Kir­tikar in­formed that there is a firm or­der of 159 Dhruv by the In­dian Army to HAL, which is likely to en­ter ser­vice this year. “Pro­to­type test­ing of Shakti has be­gun,” he said. Kir­tikar fur­ther stated that Tur­bomeca through its part­ner­ship with HAL is sup­port­ing na­tional pro­grammes like ad­vanced light heli­copter (ALH), light com­bat heli­copter (LCH), Jaguar; and is also pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing light util­ity heli­copter (LUH), In­dian multi-role heli­copter (IMRH), etc.

The Safran group com­pany, which is cel­e­brat­ing 60 years of its re­la­tion­ship with the In­dian armed forces and in­dus­try, has over 2,000 em­ploy­ees in In­dia, en­gaged in pro­duc­tion, de­sign and ser­vices. It has sys­tems and equip­ment on­board more than 700 air­craft; as also op­tron­ics, nav­i­ga­tion and other sys­tems and equip­ment for the In­dian Army and Navy. Be­sides the mil­i­tary en­gines, there are 140 civil Tur­bomeca en­gines in op­er­a­tions in In­dia. Safran is now iden­ti­fy­ing and grasp­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties in line with its group ac­tiv­i­ties.

Op­ti­mistic about the In­dian mar­ket, the com­pany of­fi­cials an­nounced that they would con­tinue and de­velop par­tic­i­pa­tion on the devel­op­ment projects in aero­space, de­fence and se­cu­rity. And in or­der to build up its foot­print in In­dia, the com­pany is look­ing for­ward to strate­gic part­ner­ships with both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor in the coun­try. With­out re­veal­ing the names of the key pri­vate play­ers it is plan­ning to part­ner within In­dia, the of­fi­cials stated that dis­cus­sions are on with key play­ers and Tur­bomeca will sup­port the grow­ing In­dian mar­ket for civil and mil­i­tary heli­copter. “We are con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in In­dia for the long-term; ful­fill­ing the off­set obli­ga­tions,” said Couteaux.

HAL’s Dhruv heli­copter is be­ing pow­ered by Ar­di­den 1H1/Shakti en­gine; (right) Tur­bomeca is pre­par­ing for the fu­ture with its Ar­riel 2+ fam­ily of en­gines

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