Tuesday, February 16, 2021

HAL, Safran sign MoU for Rafale engine production in India

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and France’s Safran Aircraft Engines on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for local manufacture of components and assembly of Smecma M88 engine that powers Rafale jets.

Under the terms of the MoU, HAL and Safran Aircraft Engines will explore opportunities to assemble Safran M88 engine and manufacture components for the engine with HAL for additional batch of Rafale Aircraft for India and for any aircraft manufactured in India by HAL fitted with M88.

The transfer of a significant amount of technology in the assembling/manufacturing programmes is also contemplated. The MoU also encompasses collaboration between HAL and Safran Aircraft Engines for indigenisation programmes relating to design and  development of high thrust engines of 110 kN power and above with transfer of key technology in the framework of this development.

"We are looking forward to expanding our collaboration with HAL, by exploring opportunities in strategic areas", said Jean-Paul Alary, CEO of Safran Aircraft Engines. "Broadly, we remain committed to supporting the "Make in India" policy through major investments, synergy, and high-skilled job creation."

"Safran is our key partner in respect of engines in HAL’s helicopters like Chetak, Cheetal, Light Utility Helicopter, Light Combat Helicopter and Advanced Light Helicopter. HAL and Safran have successfully co-developed ‘Shakti' Engine for Advanced Light Helicopters and Light Combat Helicopter. We have manufactured more than 450 Shakti engines in India at HAL Engine Division in Bangalore, which is testimony of success of our collaboration,” said Mr R Madhavan, chairman and managing director of HAL.

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