HAL Chair­man calls for step­ping up in­dige­nous he­li­copter pro­duc­tion


Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Limited (HAL) has called for con­certed ef­forts to in­ten­sify in­dige­nous pro­duc­tion of he­li­copters dur­ing the na­tional sem­i­nar on Make in In­dia – Civil and Mil­i­tary He­li­copters: Emerg­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties and Chal­lenges or­gan­ised by Ro­tary Wing So­ci­ety of In­dia, in Ben­galuru.

De­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress, HAL Chair­man Dr R.K. Tyagi said, “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. De­vel­op­ing global part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tion in ro­tary-wing tech­nolo­gies will pro­vide a solid foun­da­tion in the global aero­nau­tics space.” He added that de­vel­op­ment of risk shar­ing part­ners, ven­dor base of Tier-I & II and out­sourc­ing of MRO ac­tiv­i­ties of­fers huge business op­por­tu­ni­ties to In­dian pri­vate in­dus­try.

Dr Tyagi 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 sel­f­re­liance. “With the gov­ern­ment’s thrust on Make in In­dia, we now look for­ward to a well-de­fined strat­egy on he­li­copters, mod­erni­sa­tion of pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties, col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­dian re­search labs and ag­gres­sively pur­sue tech­nol­ogy to in­crease pro­duc­tion.”

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. He said that with the ex­per­tise gained in ear­lier projects, Ro­tary Wing Re­search & De­sign Cen­tre is now con­fi­dent and well poised to de­velop medium-lift he­li­copters.

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