Safran and Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) have formed an MRO joint venture in India to support two types of engines used on HAL-produced helicopters.

The joint venture will be opened “in the coming months,” says Safran in a statement.

It will service the Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines. Shakti is the Indian designation for the Ardiden 1H1.

Shakti powers HAL’s Dhruv, as well as the developmental Light Combat Helicopter (LCH). The Ardiden 1U will power the future Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).

“With a fleet of over 1,000 engines, including 250 TM333 and 250 Shakti, India’s armed forces are one of the largest operators of the Safran-designed helicopter engines,” says Safran.