Saturday, October 22, 2016

HAL-Safran JV looks beyond helicopter engine MRO

Panaji: While Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's (HAL) maintenance, repair and overall facility in Honda is primarily for helicopter engines, its partnership with French aerospace giant Safran, makes it a likely candidate to repair Dassault Aviation's Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft engines. Speaking to TOI, HAL's chairman Suvarna Raju said that setting up a facility in Goa was a natural choice given that several aircraft were already operating at the state's defence airbases.
Defence public sector unit HAL and Safran have formed a dedicated joint venture to setup a dedicated helicopter engine support center.
"Even if you are looking at the joint venture itself, these are the possibilities. We know that the Rafale deal has been inked. Now the Rafale engine is the Safran aircraft engine (Snecma M88). You never know what bit of it we could get. HAL being the expert in the aerospace industry and with the Snecma or Safran aircraft engines together we already have a lead," Raju told TOI.
22/10/16 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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