Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. will establish a rotorcraft support center in India later this year.
The center will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines on HAL-built helicopters. India's armed forces operate a fleet of more than 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Safran Ardiden 1H1 (Shakti).
Shakti is fitted to HAL’s ALH/Dhruv and has been selected to power the HAL-designed light combat helicopter. The Ardiden 1U variant powers the new light utility helicopter currently in development.