HAL Gears up to accept Indigenous Helicopter production Challenage Featured

  • Sunday, Dec 28 2014

Bengaluru, December 27, 2014: In a bid showcase its potential to produce quality

helicopters on time to fulfil the requirements of the Armed Forces and the para-militaries

Government owned Aviation giant  Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) today discussed the

critical issues relating to emerging scenario and the future challenges with all the major stake holders of

the Chopper Industry.

 The Rotary Wing Society of India,  a non-profit professional society working for the growth of Civil and

Military helicopters in India, took initiative to call a national level confabulation on the issue.

Addressing the gathering HAL Chief Dr. Tyagi called for developing global partnerships and collaboration

in rotary wing technologies to provide a solid foundation in the global aeronautics space.

 “In the wake of emerging civil and military requirement of helicopters in India especially in the areas of

disaster management, air surveillance, offshore operations and law enforcement, there is a tremendous

opportunity for indigenous development,” he said.

“Development of risk sharing partners, vendor base of Tier-I & II and outsourcing of MRO activities

offers huge business opportunities to Indian private industry.”

 Wg Cdr Unnikrishna Pillai, Chief Test Pilot, HAL spoke about the various challenges faced in the design

and development of medium and heavy lift helicopters in India.

The participants also addressed the impact of helicopters in India and brought clarity on investment in

tech partnership, supply chain management and infrastructure requirements in manufacturing


 Dr. Tyagi further highlighted HAL’s success in developing helicopters that has played a key role in

search and rescue operations for the Indian defence forces and thus paved the way for achieving self-



“With the Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’, we now look forward to a well-defined strategy on

helicopters, modernization of production facilities, collaboration with Indian research labs and

aggressively pursue technology to increase production,” he said. 

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