HAL, Sagem to cooperate
Bolstering existing cooperation with the Safran group, which includes several areas, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has entered into contract with Safran group company Sagem to set up manufacturing and depot level maintenance facilities for automatic flight control system (AFCS) line replaceable units (LRUs) including sensors at HAL, Hyderabad towards in-house manufacture and depot level maintenance of AFCS and LRUs for the ALH Dhruv and HJT-36 Sitara intermediate jet trainer programmes.
“The possibility of fitting AFCS LRUs on LCH and LUH platforms is being explored. The facilities at Hyderabad are expected to be established in two years to cater to the Indian customers,” said HAL in a statement. Other areas of cooperation between HAL and Safran include the Turbomeca Shakti engine for the Dhruv and light utility helicopter, technology in the Mirage 2000 upgrade programme, and future cooperation on the Rafale programme.