Bangalore, Dt. 12 (PTI) – While responding to the ‘Make In India’ policy, the helicopter manufacturing company ‘SAFRAN’ of France has taken a decision of establishing a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Centre (MRO) in India. ‘SAFRAN’ has shown its preparedness for establishing the centre in India with the help of the Indian Company ‘Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’.
By establishing a Maintenance and Repair Centre in India, ‘SAFRAN’ company has decided to provide services to the customers in India and abroad. The statement released by HAL company mentions that for maintaining, repairing and reviewing the helicopters manufactured by ‘SAFRAN TM333’ and ‘HAL’ company, ‘SAFRAN’ is starting the centre in India.
‘SAFRAN’ company partnering with ‘HAL’ primarily manufacturing gas turbine engine is a leading company globally. SAFRAN company manufactures engines for helicopters of both types viz; traveler and military. Engines manufactured by SAFRAN company will be used in the helicopters of Indian army. 250 TM333 engines will be provided for the helicopters of the Indian army. Alongwith this, in the coming years, one thousand engines will be manufactured for the indigenous helicopters. On this background, HAL and SAFRAN company are going to establish this MRO centre. The Chairman and Managing Director of HAL company, T. Suvarna Raju, while expressing his trust said that this will strengthen the ‘Make in India’ policy accepted by India for manufacturing defence material in the fatherland.
HAL and SAFRAN company entered into an agreement on Monday for starting this joint venture in India. It is believed that this contract will help in increasing the co-operation between the two companies.
The use of Shakti engine has been made in the Dhruv helicopter manufactured by the HAL company and the same engine has been chosen for forthcoming light weight helicopters. In such situation the ‘MRO’ centre established by HAL and SAFRAN company will make it possible to repair and maintain engines in India.