Rolls-royce pitches en­gine for HAL’S light copter


While Aero In­dia 2011 was tinged with tur­moil for Rolls-Royce – it had de­cided shortly af­ter the show to with­draw from a com­pe­ti­tion to re-en­gine the IAF’s Jaguar strike air­craft – it is back at Aero In­dia 2013 with a strong fo­cus on the CTS800 tur­boshaft en­gine that Rolls-Royce builds in part­ner­ship with Honey­well. The CTS800 squares off against the Tur­bomeca Ar­di­den 1H1/Shakti en­gine that cur­rently pow­ers the ALH Dhruv and Light Com­bat Heli­copter pro­to­types. In a state­ment, Rolls-Royce said the en­gine has passed 100,000 in-ser­vice flight hours and demon­strated proven tech­nol­ogy and re­li­able per­for­mance in a va­ri­ety of de­mand­ing op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ments.

Kishore Ja­yara­man, Pres­i­dent, Roll­sRoyce In­dia, said: “Aero In­dia is a sig­nif­i­cant plat­form for us in the con­tin­u­ing devel­op­ment of our busi­ness. In­dia is an im­por­tant mar­ket for Rolls-Royce with a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal part­ners. We look for­ward to ac­cel­er­at­ing our busi­ness devel­op­ment and part­ner­ship ini­tia­tives as we work to fur­ther con­trib­ute to In­dia’s de­fence mod­erni­sa­tion goals.” John Gay, Se­nior Vice-Pres­i­dent – De­fence Aero­space, South Asia, Rolls-Royce, said: “It is a plea­sure for us to be a part of Aero In­dia, which gives us a plat­form to show- case our tech­nol­ogy and prod­ucts and has been an en­abler for ex­change of in­no­va­tive ideas. Rolls-Royce is proud to have pow­ered the In­dian armed forces for 80 years. As our in-ser­vice fleets con­tinue to in­crease we are look­ing to strengthen our lo­cal part­ner­ships to de­liver greater lev­els of sup­port to the ben­e­fit of the cus­tomers here.” The com­pany will also show-case iPad-based ser­vices tech­nol­ogy and the Adour Mk871 en­gine that pow­ers the Hawk ad­vanced jet trainer.

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