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India’s largest helicopter manufacturing hub has been inaugurated by PM Modi in Karnataka

India’s largest helicopter manufacturing hub has been inaugurated by PM Modi in Karnataka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the helicopter manufacturing factory of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the country’s largest chopper manufacturing facility, in Karnataka’s Tumakuru on the 06th of February and also unveiled the light utility helicopter. This helicopter factory is Asia’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai were also present for the inauguration.

The greenfield helicopter factory for which the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone in 2016, spread across 615 acres of land, has been planned with a vision of becoming a one-stop solution for all helicopter requirements of the country without import and giving a much-needed fillip to the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in helicopter design, development, and manufacture. It is India’s largest helicopter manufacturing hub and will initially produce light-utility helicopters (LUHs).

The LUH is an indigenously designed and developed 3-ton class, single-engine multipurpose utility helicopter with unique features of high manoeuvrability. It is a dedicated new greenfield helicopter factory which will enhance India’s capacity and ecosystem to build helicopters,” Rajnath Singh said.

The investment in the Aerospace sector in the last 9 years is 4 to 5 times more than the figure witnessed in the 15-year period before 2014, PM Modi said in an offcial statement.

Initially, the factory will produce around 30 helicopters per year and then onwards, its capacity will be enhanced to produce 60 and then 90 helicopters per year in a phased manner.

The first LUH has been flight tested and is ready for unveiling. The factory will be augmented to produce other helicopters such as Light Combat Helicopters (LCHs) and Indian Multirole Helicopters (IMRHs). It will also be used for maintenance, repair and overhaul of LCH, LUH, Civil Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and IMRH in the future.

Potential exports of civil LUH will also be catered to from this factory, which is being equipped with state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 standard tools and techniques for its operations, officials said.

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Potential exports of civil LUH will also be catered to from this factory, which is being equipped with state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 standard tools and techniques for its operations, officials said.

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