Rolls-Royce pitches engine for HAL’s Light Copter | idrw.org While Aero India 2011 was tinged with turmoil for Rolls-Royceâ€”it had decided shortly after the show to withdraw from a competition to re-engine the IAFâ€™s Jaguar strike aircraftâ€”it is back at Aero India 2013 with a strong focus on the CTS800 turboshaft engine that Rolls-Royce builds in partnership with Honeywell. The CTS800 squares off against the Turbomeca Ardiden 1H1/Shakti engine that currently powers the ALH Dhruv and Light Combat Helicopter prototypes. In a statement, Rolls-Royce said the engine has passed 100,000 in-service flight hours and demonstrated proven technology and reliable performance in a variety of demanding operational environments. Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls-Royce India, said: â€œAero India is a significant platform for us in the continuing development of our business. India is an important market for Rolls-Royce with a number of significant local partners. We look forward to accelerating our business development and partnership initiatives as we work to further contribute to Indiaâ€™s defence modernization goals.â€ John Gay, Senior Vice-President â€” Defence Aerospace, South Asia, Rolls-Royce, said: â€œIt is a pleasure for us to be a part of Aero India, which gives us a platform to showcase our technology and products and has been an enabler for exchange of innovative ideas. Rolls-Royce is proud to have powered the Indian armed forces for 80 years. As our in-service fleets continue to increase we are looking to strengthen our local partnerships to deliver greater levels of support to the benefit of the customers here.â€ The company will also show-case iPad-based services technology and the Adour Mk871 engine that powers the Hawk advanced jet trainer.