Friday, February 13, 2009

The "Aero India 2009" trade show in Bangalore is the occasion for Turbomeca to report the successful maiden flight of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Dhruv helicopter. Featuring two Ardiden 1-H1 series production engines, this flight took place on January 12 at the HAL Helicopter Division, Bangalore, India.
The Ardiden 1H1 engine, to be certified in India under the name "Shakti", demonstrated excellent aeromechanical behavior during this maiden flight, confirming its performance capabilities in demanding flight conditions at altitude on the Leh base in north India. The Ardiden 1H1 has been designed to carry out the most demanding missions at altitude and in hot and cold weather. Developed in cooperation with HAL as part of an industrial partnership agreement signed in February 2003, this engine combines simplicity, state-of-the-art technology, robustness and modernity, and all for a significantly lower cost of ownership in comparison to its competitors.
The Dhruv has a take-off weight of 5,500 kg and will initially equip the Indian Armed forces. Under the February 2003 agreement, several hundred engines are to be produced over the next 10 years.
The Indian Ministry of Defence has ordered 159 Dhruv helicopters to date.
13/02/09 World Aeronautical Press Agency/Avionews

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bangalore: Rolls-Royce Group PLC said Wednesday it plans to bid for an Indian government program to replace the engines of its 125-strong fleet of Jaguar combat jets.
"On the Jaguar engine upgrade program, we have offered (the Indian government) a lot of technical details," Martin Fausset, the managing director for defense aerospace at Rolls-Royce, told a news conference at the Aero India show. "We expect the request for proposals soon."
Fausset didn't disclose the estimated value of the potential order or a timeframe.
A senior executive of Honeywell International Inc. (HON), which also plans to bid for the same contract, said Tuesday that India's deal will likely be for 280 engines including spare engines for the twin-engine fighter jet.
Under a prior agreement with Rolls-Royce, India's state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has been manufacturing the engines for Jaguar since 1981.
11/02/09 Rumman Ahmed/Dow Jones/easy Bourse

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Chennai/Bangalore: US aerospace products giant Honeywell International is raising its pitch to re-engine the Indian Air Force’s Jaguar aircraft with its F125IN turbofan engine.
“Improved propulsion and enhanced safety features in the engine can save the IAF more than Rs 7,000 crore in lifecycle costs compared to the other options being considered,” senior company officials claimed in a meeting with reporters before the Aero India 2009 in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Ahead of an RFP to be issued by the IAF before awarding the Jaguar re-engining contract sometime next year, Honeywell officials took pains to reiterate that the F125N was a clear winner against competitor Rolls Royce’s Adour engine.Honeywell demostrated the engine at the HAL campus in Bangalore in November 2007.
The company runs technology centres out of Bangalore, Hyderabad and Madurai with automation and control systems design for the aviation sector carried out of Gurgaon, Pune and Chennai.
11/02/09 Business Standard

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New Delhi: Safran SA, Europe’s largest aircraft engine maker by volume and revenues, will set up an aircraft training centre with an investment of up to $20 million, or Rs97.4 crore, at Hyderabad.
The centre to be set up by its engine making arm, CFM International, will train airline mechanics and engineers on its engines that power Airbus SAS-made A320 and Boeing Co.’s B737 planes, Safran group chief executive officer Jean-Paul Herteman, told Mint in an interview on the eve of Aero India show in Bangalore on Wednesday.
"I don’t believe there would be big announcements. (But) there are many business discussions going on. In civil aviation we are under way to set up a training centre in engineering that will be located in Hyderabad. That will open next year.
After that we have significant defence business, of course, so there is discussion about MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft). In helicopters we are very active, we have made specific engine for Dhruv with HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd), the Shakti engine. This has been certified in Europe, which is the first time I think India has participated in development of an engine and had it certified under western (agencies).
Our total business in India today is $500 million—direct and indirect. We have been producing 120 million SIM cards (for mobile phones); we will be at the rate of 300 million end of this year. This is not serving only Indian market but export market—all of Asia, Africa and Middle East", said Jean-Paul Herteman.
11/02/09 Tarun Shukla/Livemint

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hallbergmoos and Bangalore: EUROJET Turbo GmbH, the leading European military engine consortium, will be exhibiting the EJ200 engine at the Aero India Air Show 2009. Visitors to the Eurofighter stand (Hall C, No. 7) will have the opportunity to view the advanced technology of the EJ200 engine, which powers the Eurofighter Typhoon, and take a look inside the engine through an interactive engine monitor.
EUROJET is contracted to produce more than 1,500 EJ200 engines to power a total of 707 Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role combat aircraft ordered by six nations. The fleet of over 400 engines in service with Eurofighter Typhoon fleets operated by the Air Forces of Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Austria had amassed over 100,000 Engine Flying Hours at the end of 2008.
The EJ200 is also a potential alternative powerplant for the Indian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). An exhaustive feasibility study was conducted by the Indian Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) in 2008, in which the suitability of the EJ200 engine for the Indian Light Combat Aircraft was confirmed and EUROJET was selected to be a recipient of the respective Request for Proposal (RFP) for the LCA. EUROJET is now in anticipation of this RFP to offer the EJ200 for the LCA.
EUROJET industries represent over 40 years of successful multi-national collaboration in the aerospace defense business.
10/02/09 Antara News

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