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.