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Cabinet gives approval for HAL-Snecma joint venture

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Initial investment to be Rs. 50 crores, the joint venture will be on a 50:50 basis


  • JV may outsource aero-engine components to HAL and Snecma
  • There will be export potential from the JV, says Defence Minister
  • Snecma involved in developing Kaveri engine

    NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a joint venture between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and leading global manufacturer of aircraft engines Snecma Moteurs of France. The initial investment would be Rs. 50 crores and the joint venture company will be on a 50:50 partnership basis.

    The Government expects the joint venture (JV) to outsource aero-engine components to HAL and Snecma at competitive rates. "There will be export potential from the JV, introduction of advanced technologies and management practices and inflow of foreign direct investment and employment generation for Indians," Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee told newspersons after the Cabinet meeting.

    The move to form the JV had been in the offing and was officially articulated by Snecma Chief Executive Officer Jean-Paul Bechat at the Bangalore air show earlier this year. He said that production would start within a year of the Government's approval of the joint venture.

    Pilots' training

    HAL may outsource engines from the JV for its intermediate jet trainer that will replace Kiran for stage II training for Indian Air Force pilots. The Government has already signed a deal to procure and eventually manufacture British advanced jet trainers for stage III or final training of pilots before they are entrusted with fighter aircraft.

    Snecma is also involved in further developing the Kaveri engine for the indigenously designed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas. Turbomeca, a Snecma group company specialising in helicopter engines, has already signed three contracts with HAL including one for co-development and co-production of engines for the indigenously designed advanced light helicopter. It is also in the process of supplying engines for a light helicopter for high-altitude operations. The engines are expected to be fitted in the Chetak helicopter, primarily used by the Army. The refitted helicopter will be called Chetan. Some components for these engines may be sourced from the venture.

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