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The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in­au­gu­rated He­li­copter En­gines Main­te­nance, Re­pair and Overhaul (MRO) Pvt. Lim­ited (HE-MRO), a joint ven­ture of HAL and Safran He­li­copter En­gines (Safran HE), France at Sat­tari district, north Goa on Oc­to­ber 25. The JV will pro­vide MRO ser­vices for Safran TM333 2B2 and HAL Shakti en­gines in­stalled on HAL-built he­li­copters op­er­ated by the de­fence ser­vices. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Par­rikar said this is a step to­wards cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with cor­re­spond­ing boost to the eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties in Goa. “This is the right place for MRO ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to he­li­copter en­gines. We have a lo­cal ta­lent to meet the skill re­quire­ment for the pro­ject,” he added.

With a fleet of over 1,000 en­gines, in­clud­ing 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, In­dia’s armed forces are one of the largest op­er­a­tors of Safran-de­signed he­li­copter en­gines. Shakti is the In­dian des­ig­na­tion for the Safran Ar­di­den 1H1, co-de­vel­oped with HAL and pro­duced un­der li­cence. Shakti is fit­ted to HAL’s ALH/Dhruv and has been selected to power the HAL-de­signed light com­bat he­li­copter (LCH). The Ar­di­den 1U vari­ant pow­ers the new light util­ity he­li­copter (LUH), a three-tonne sin­gle-en­gine air­craft that made its maiden flight in Septem­ber 2016.

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