TPE331 Most Fuel-Efficient Engine in Its Class
BANGALORE, India, Nov. 20, 2009 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) are celebrating 25 years of aerospace collaboration, including production and support of the TPE331-5 turboprop engine.
“The relationship between Honeywell and HAL began in 1984 when Honeywell first licensed production of TPE331 engines,” said Rob Wilson, President, Honeywell Business and General Aviation. “As our partner in India, HAL has built more than 225 TPE331 engines for the Indian military services, including the national Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force. They provide full maintenance and service on the aircraft engines at their facilities in Bangalore, India. This relationship provides the Indian military with quick support and response times.”
As announced in 2008, HAL also supplies Honeywell with TPE331-12JR engine parts to meet global demand. This reinforces our recognition of HAL’s world-class capabilities making them a global manufacturing resource for Honeywell.
“We are proud of our long partnership with Honeywell in the manufacturing and maintenance of world-class, high technology aircraft products and engines for the past 25 years,” said Ashok Nayak, HAL Chairman. “With exciting times ahead for both companies, we now look forward to the future, expanding our relationship to achieve greater heights and growth.”
“We are excited about this milestone of completing 25 years of successful TPE331 collaboration with HAL,” said Anil P. Gupta, President, Honeywell India. “This is another reinforcement of Honeywell’s commitment to our partners and to grow in the country, and to service our customers and stakeholders in India and the world. India continues to be an important part of Honeywell’s global growth strategy as a manufacturing location, export hub and center of engineering and R&D excellence.”
The TPE331 is a turboprop engine with unparalleled reliability and efficiency. More than 11,000 TPE331 engines are in service today on more than 80 aircraft platforms around the world. The TPE fleet has accrued more than 115 million hours. The engine’s single spool design provides pilots with immediate power response and its proven reliability pushes the TPE331 to the top of customer support surveys.
Honeywell, which has had a growing presence in India, just announced a new $34 million technology center dedicated to refining and petrochemical processing in Gurgaon and earlier this year opened a $50 million research, development and engineering facility in Bangalore, the second Honeywell research and development facility in that city, to support Honeywell businesses.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell’s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.