New Indian helicopters to be powered by Ardiden 1
Feb. 18, 2015, Bangalore, India - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be powered by the Ardiden 1H1 engine from Turbomeca (Safran, booth #B2.1 – Hall B). This new twin-engine military aircraft will take part in the flying display at Aero India air show in Bangalore.
Turbomeca will also power the new HAL- designed LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), a three-ton single-engine aircraft under development, with the Ardiden 1U engine.
Featuring state-of-the-art technologies, the Ardiden 1 family develops 1,400 shp.
The Ardiden 1H1 variant was EASA-certified in 2009 and more than 250 units have already been co-produced, under the ‘Shakti’ designation, with HAL.
First bench testing of the Ardiden 1U, the single-engine variant, took place in early December 2014 and first models were delivered to HAL by the end of 2014. EASA type-certification is scheduled for 2017.
Olivier Andriès, Chairman and CEO of Turbomeca, commented: “Our participation in the LCH and LUH programme builds on our track-record, established since 2003, of cooperating on the Shakti project. We are extremely proud of the continued confidence placed in us by HAL".