Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2 Bids In To Engine HAL's Light Utility Copter


In the first week of this month, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) opened technical bids from two engine houses, the starting point of a process to select a turboshaft engine for its in-development Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). The two contenders are Turbomeca offering the Ardiden 1H1/Shakti -- which powers HAL's Dhruv and Light Combat Helicopter -- and T800, manufactured by LHTEC, a joint venture of Rolls-Royce and Honeywell. Turbomeca's Shakti engine, which was to have powered the LUH (platform schematics), was dropped as a default choice following a reported fall-out between the company and HAL over license fees. The LUH is being developed to meet a requirement of 187 helicopters (126 for the Indian Army and 61 for the Indian Air Force).

5 comments :

Payeng said...

Shivji, regarding the news of fall-out between HAL and Turbomeca, how much it is going to effect Dhruv and Rudra production and also regarding the exports of this helicopters?

Anonymous said...

Both of the contenders are ok. But when will India make its truly indigenous engines.

Gautam said...

India will only have indigenous engine capability when Tata/Mahindra are commissioned by the government for full-scale engine research.

Otherwise we only have the legendary GTRE which has delivered absolutely nothing in 60 years of existence.

Anonymous said...

This is bad,HAL is making engine for other nation for their heli but not utilising these experience to make their very own engine.
A waste of time on Hal government should promot private sector to get their desired result on time.

Rahul Reddy Pogula said...

You idiots make up your mind. If GTRE tries to make an engine on their own, you complain of costs and delays (which are absolutely expected in any field as unpredicatable as R&D of sensitive tech). If they choose to partner up with an experienced foriegn vendor to save time and money (and play safe), then you accuse them of not going all out indigenous. Seriously guys, buck up or shut up!