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TurboTech Defence and Aerospace, Safran Helicopter Engine to collaborate for EU & amp; India


ANI Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]
TurboTech Defence and Aerospace that designs, builds and maintains aviation and defence equipment, will produce, at its newly set up Bangalore plant, the "Oil Cooling System and components" for the Safran Helicopter Engine (Ardiden 1U Engine), for the use of European and Indian market from 2019. The first production activities will start from the month of June 2019. Oil Cooling System (OCS) is designed and developed for Ardiden 1H engine and is the first time in the country such a design activity was successfully attempted.
After successfully designing the OCS the units have undergone 28 Qualification tests successfully as specified by the Center for Military Airworthiness, the Certifying agency (CEMILAC). TurboTech has produced 500+ OCS units so far and successfully accumulated more than 70,000 hrs of snag-free operational flying operating on Advanced Light Helicopter ALH (Mark-III & IV).
"The collaboration was envisaged when Safran expressed interest in procuring these units for their joint development of Ardiden 1U engine with HAL during one of the visits. Further, it was revealed that to supply these units for the international market it was necessary to upgrade our facilities and qualify Safran quality requirement. Accordingly, we have upgraded all our facilities to the satisfaction of Safran to emerge as an approved supplier. Our company is also an AS 9100 Rev D certified facility", stated Krishna Kumar, Managing Director TurboTech.
Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defence markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 91,000 employees and holds, alone or in partnership, world or European leadership positions in its markets. Based on a strategy of standing out through innovation, Safran undertakes extensive Research & Development programs.
TurboTech has been in the Aerospace segment and in addition to Oil Cooling Systems have designed, developed and produced Uplock system to indigenously built Tejas (LCA) aircraft. The Uplock units are one of the important LRUs of undercarriage operations. It is a Hydro-Mechanical precision aggregate. As the Uplock is flight critical units of LCA, the quality and reliability of aerospace standards are to be ensured during production and manufacturing. LCA uses three types of Uplocks namely Main Under Carriage, Nose Under Carriage, Main Under Carriage Door and Nose Undercarriage Door Uplocks. However, Nose Under Carriage and Main Under Carriage Door Uplocks are common. Based on the functionality they are categorised as Type1, Type 2 and Type 3 respectively.
In addition, TurboTech is the first fully indigenous manufacturers of Turbo Chargers for T90 Tanks at V92S2 Engine fitted on T90 tanks easing out import dependency totally. Engine Factory Avadi, Chennai, has placed an order for production of turbocharger for Army Tank T-90. Turbochargers are centrifugal compressors driven by an exhaust gas turbine and employed in engines to boost the charge air pressure. Turbocharger performance enhances engine performance in terms of fuel economy, power, and emissions. This story is provided by NewsVoir.

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First Published: Feb 26 2019 | 12:26 PM IST

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