12 Jul, 16, Source: Safran
Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have agreed to establish, in India, a support centre for national and international rotorcraft customers. The joint venture will be opened in the coming months.
This new centre will provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines installed on HAL-built helicopters. This scope would be enlarged to include other engines which both partners may further agree. Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL will provide their customers with a first-class service including optimized engine availability.
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 license.
T. Suvarna Raju, HAL Chairman and Managing Director said: “The venture reflects the close relationship established over many years between HAL and Safran Helicopter Engines. It places both partners on an ambitious path towards world-beating customer support in the field of engine MRO”.
Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO, commented “this joint venture marks a new step in the long-lasting and fruitful partnership between Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL. We are extremely proud of the continued confidence placed in us by HAL. Together we are committed to delivering world-class support to our customers, both in India and throughout the region”.
The joint venture will provide the impetus for the “Made-in-India” initiative and its ambition of flying around 1,000 Shakti engines in India during the coming years.
Shakti is fitted to HAL’s ALH/Dhruv and has been selected to power the HAL-designed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). Ardiden 1U variant powers the new Light Utility Helicopter (LUH), a three-ton single-engine aircraft under development.
Original article @helihub.com
The engines of the TM 333 family cover a power range from 900 to 1100 shp. They are intended for helicopters 3 to 6 tons.
The TM 333 powers the Dhruv twin-engine helicopter of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). 300 TM 333 have been produced to date, with more than 65,400 flight hours.
The TM 333 was originally designed to power the twin-engine Dauphin and Panther Helicopters Airbus. Developed on the Panther, he found its first commercial application on the Dhruv.
The TM 333 adopts a simple architecture consists of two main modules which are: a compressor with two axial stages and one centrifugal stage, a combustion chamber in reverse flow, a gas generator turbine with a floor, and a turbine free power to a floor.