HAL-Safran unit at Honda may start in ’21


The long-delayed HAL-Safran joint venture at Honda for maintenance, repair and overhaul of helicopter engines is likely to commence operations from June 2021, senior officials of HAL and Safran said on Friday.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bengaluru and French company, Safran Helicopter Engines, entered into a joint venture — Helicopter Engine MRO Private Limited — in 2016 to set up the helicopter maintenance plant which would initially focus on maintenance and overhaul of helicopter engines.

Speaking on the side-lines of the Indo-French investment conclave, managing director of Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt Ltd, Maxence Poumaere said that the joint venture would take off in 2021 as the initial hurdles have been surmounted.

Union minister of state for defence Shripad Naik had met with representatives of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Safran Helicopter Engines in September to discuss the revival of the proposed helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Goa. Read More

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