Hindustan Aeronautics, Safran Electronics & Defense Sign Three New Contracts to Install Safran-Designed Autopilots on Various HAL-Manufactured Helicopters

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Safran Electronics & Defense has announced the signing of three new contracts, at the Aero India 2019 Airshow, for Safran-designed autopilots for various helicopters manufactured by HAL.

Safran Electronics & Defense will provide HAL with state-of-the-art development and integration capabilities to replace existing test and integration benches and set up a software workshop to develop and validate control laws necessary for the use of autopilots.

HAL has also selected Safran Electronics & Defense to supply the autopilot for its newly developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). The development of the control laws for this new 3-Ton class single-engine helicopter will be done jointly by Safran and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Safran has been selected by HAL to develop the specific control laws for the coastal security version of the Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), developed for the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The autopilot is similar to the one that equips existing versions of Dhruv ALH and the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). The manufacturing and maintenance of this system is now accomplished by HAL Hyderabad following a transfer of technology.

World leader in helicopter flight control systems, Safran Electronics & Defense is India’s leading supplier in the fields of autopilots and inertial navigation. Automatic Flight Control Systems for civil and military helicopters are designed to provide flight assistance and autopilot functions. The main component of this system is the flight control computer. Also called autopilot, it is equipped with control laws specific to each aircraft.

With the signing of these three new contracts with HAL, Safran is pursuing its strategy of becoming a leading technology partner in the development of the Indian aviation industry and making the “Make in India” policy a reality. This strong relationship, maintained for several decades with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, extends the strategic partnership between India and France.

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