Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Shakti (Ardiden 1H) engine

Shakti is a turbo-shaft helicopter engine jointly developed by HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd), India and Turbomeca, France. Shakti has been developed to power the Dhruv helicopters. Dhruv is an ALH( Advanced Light Helicopter) developed by HAL. Shakti offers 900kW takeoff power (30% more compared to Turbomeca 332-2B2, currently employed with Dhruv).Shakti is designed to retain full performance while operating at high altitudes and high temperatures. At present Turbomeca is mainly responsible for the development and manufacturing of the engine assemblies. But gradually HAL will start assembling the engines in India with Turbomeca supplying the kits.

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