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India to shop for multirole helicopter engines

27th March 2017 - 00:47 GMT | by Rohit C Silva in Delhi

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is aiming to freeze the preliminary design of its Indian Multi-Role Helicopter (IMRH) so it can be built over the next 18 months. The state-owned aerospace firm is also looking for engines to power the IMRH.

HAL is likely to issue an RfI within six months for IMRH engines, whose full-scale mock-up was unveiled at Aero India 2017 last month.

Sources familiar with the project told Shephard that the 12.5t helicopter would be powered by a pair of turboshafts delivering 2,500hp each.

In that case, likely contenders could include Safran's Makila/RTM 322, Klimov's

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Rohit C Silva is a Shephard special correspondent based in New Delhi, India.

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