NEW DELHI: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Safran Aircraft Engines, France signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) at Aero India 2021 to explore opportunities for strategic business cooperation that leverage the complementary talents and capabilities of the both parties and support development of a robust ecosystem for aero-engines in India, consistent with the goals of the Government of India’s Make in India initiative.
The MoU was signed by Mr. D. Maiti, Executive Director (Corporate Planning) and Mr. Pierre Dickeli, CEO (Safran India) in presence of other senior officers during “Bandhan” event in Aero India 2021.
The MoU’s scope encompasses a wide spectrum including transfer of key manufacturing technologies, manufacturing & MRO of M88 (Rafale) and other engines, development and production of high thrust aero-engines related to cooperation.
Safran Helicopter Engines is HAL’s key partner in engines for HAL’s helicopters like Chetak, Cheetal, Light Utility Helicopter, Light Combat Helicopter and Advanced Light Helicopter.
HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines have successfully co-developed ‘Shakti’ Engine for Advanced Light Helicopters and Light Combat Helicopter. HAL has manufactured more than 450 Shakti engines in India at HAL Engine Division in Bengaluru.