Posted by- Neelam Mathews
Oct 9, 2012
Turbomeca is awaiting a decision on the bid for engines for HAL's LUH, expected soon.
The engine maker has offered a variant of the Shakti engine for the LUH. “Most of the development is behind us. The first prototype depends on the final specifications HAL will freeze. (For us to work on), it will take less time than a full scale (design),” Philippe Couteaux, VP and GM Airframers, told Aerospace Diary.
“The engine variant offered (by Turbomeca) meets LUH engine requirements,” added Couteaux.
Turbomeca is celebrating 50 years of the Chetak (Alouette III airframe) originally powered by Turbomeca's Artouste IIIB engine. The first day of the symposium, held in New Delhi, was dedicated military customers with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd - partners of Turbomeca in India - co-hosting the event. The second day of the symposium in Mumbai, will focus on issues relating to the civil customers.
The India market is growing with 1100 helicopters today. This is expected to go upto 1800 by the end of 2019. Around 70% of military helicopters in India are for transport, TIEPL Managing Director, Satish Kirtikar said.