Turbomeca (Safran) celebrating 60 years of cooperation with India
Anticipates a demand for 700 new helicopters in the next seven years
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