Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Goa: HAL starts construction of Rs 170 crore helicopter repair facility at Honda

Panaji: More than five years after the foundation stone was laid for the helicopter repair and overhaul facility at Honda in Sattari, construction of the Rs170cr facility has commenced.

On Monday, HAL and French aerospace giant Safran kick-started the project with a ground-breaking ceremony after which the two firms signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to extend cooperation and explore opportunities for new helicopter engines in civil and military markets.

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) said that project was delayed due to a major crisis impacting the international helicopter market, closely followed by the worldwide pandemic.

HAL, the defence public sector undertaking (PSU) and Safran have set up Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Ltd. (HE-MRO) as a joint venture to repair TM333 and Shakti gas turbine engines. The Shakti engine is installed on HAL’s advanced light helicopter known as Dhruv and its variants including the Rudra and light combat helicopter. The Ardiden 1U engine powers the new light utility helicopter, a three-ton single-engine aircraft. The Ardiden 1U engine was certified by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on July 26, 2021 for civilian helicopters.

15/03/22 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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